By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Recognizing the importance of promoting nurturing care for early childhood development, the Department of Education (DepEd) continues to call for strengthened support among various sectors to invest on young children.
The Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Council — an attached agency of the DepEd — in cooperation with Save the Children Philippines recently launched the Nurturing Care Framework (NCF) and the ECCD Council Media Packages.
DepEd said that the launch aimed to “provide an opportunity for stakeholders to work synergistically to deepen their understanding of the NCF” as well as to “bridge the gaps in integrated service delivery for children ages 0-4 by drawing experiences from successful programming in the communities.”
In her keynote address, ECCD Council Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director Dr. Teresita Inciong underscored the need to provide a positive learning environment and connection to a child influences his/her holistic development. “Good health, adequate nutrition, responsive caregiving, security and safety, early learning and social protection are ECCD’s main components for nurturing care development for children,” she said. “Investing in young children is investing in the country’s future generation,” she added.
The event also launched ECCD media packages including an animated video primer on Republic Act (RA) No. 10410 (Early Years Act of 2013), instructional videos on early childhood care and development, and an ECCD video primer.
Meanwhile, representing the DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction, Bureau of Learning Delivery (BLD) Supervising Education Program Specialist Jocelyn Tuguinayo highlighted the importance of the ECCD Council’s goals.
“Guided by the ECCD Council’s targets, and by working together in implementing the multi-sectoral strategic plans from ECCD to Kinder and Grade 1 to 12 education services, we can assure to achieve our vision by the end of 2030 that no Filipino learners will be left behind,” Tuguinayo said.
DepEd said that the event also aimed at “keeping with the global and national movement on holistic, multi-sectoral programming for young children and their respective families.” The organizers and their partners, DepEd said, deemed it “fitting and timely to lay down the foundation of dialogue and partnership within the various sectors that support the Filipino families and children, and that key change-makers and movers partake in this vision of a better future for the next generation.”
Aside from representatives from DepEd, also present in the event are Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Marjorie Jalosjos; UNICEF Chief of Education Section Isy Faingold; Asia-Pacific Region Network Executive Director for Early Childhood Evelyn Santiago; National Nutrition Council OIC Executive Director, Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang; Save the Children Philippines; representatives from Sarangani province and Malabon City; parents, and teachers.