Publications & Reports

Browse editions of our journal, Early Childhood Matters, and our Early Childhood in Focus series, along with other selected publications and reports. All are free to download or read online.

Young Children and Families in Crisis and Displacement: Selected Articles from our Early Childhood Matters publication

View our Early Childhood Matters publications from 2009–2019 on our Early Childhood Matters microsite. This is a collection of articles specifically dedicated to young children and families affected by crisis… Read more

Emerging Early Childhood Inequality: Poverty and Future Academic Achievement

Emerging Early Childhood Inequality: Poverty and Future Academic Achievement - Research Report

Economic inequality in Israel is among the highest in the OECD countries, and there are also high levels of inequality in educational outcomes. In this research paper, Dana Vaknin, Professor… Read more

Reducing inequality by focusing on the very young: Boa Vista, Brazil, deepens its investment in early childhood development, 2009–2016

This case study explores how Boa Vista's efforts to prioritise early childhood development services as crucial for narrowing the gap between rich and poor stayed on track despite the challenge… Read more

City hall embraces early childhood development: reaching an underserved population in Tel Aviv, 2016-2019

Based on interviews conducted in May 2019, this case study explores why and how young children rose up the Tel Aviv municipal agenda. Read more

Governing from a child’s perspective: Recife, Brazil, works to become family friendly, 2017–2019

This case study explores how Recife's city departments were aligned, legislation passed and an existing public-private urban planning partnership engaged to pilot projects in two neighbourhoods. Read more

Reconstructing a city in the interests of its children: Tirana, Albania, 2015-2019

This case study explains how Erion Veliaj’s administration won public trust and found the budget to prioritize reforms for the Tirana's youngest residents, including building new parks, playgrounds, nurseries, schools… Read more

Playground ideas for 0-3 years

Playground ideas for 0-3 years

Available in English, Turkish and Portuguese as part of the Istanbul95 programme, this new guide shares practical ideas for designing playgrounds that work for children aged 0-3 and their caregivers. Read more

Early Childhood Matters 2019

Early Childhood Matters 2019

Anyone working to make life better for babies, toddlers and their caregivers will find knowledge and inspiration in this 2019 edition of Early Childhood Matters. Authors of the 32 articles… Read more

The City at Eye Level for Kids

The City at Eye Level for Kids

The City at Eye Level develops and shares knowledge about how to make urban development work at human scale. A collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Urban95 initiative, this… Read more

Infant, Toddler, Caregiver-Friendly Neighbourhood (ITCN) Framework and Guidelines

What can cities do to nurture positive early experiences and protect against negative ones? How can neighbourhoods and therefore cities support parents to talk and play with children? How can… Read more