Through continued advocacy efforts, the FDCC will help to correctly prioritise the rights of young children.

We will continue to use CCSI recruited youth advocates, and public- and private-sector champions to spread the word about early childhood development and FDCC-supported programmes.

We share information about early childhood development through our media partnerships, website, and extensive print materials and presentations.

How will the FDCC operate?

The FDCC will operate within strict governance structures led by a board of directors. The board comprises Caribbean nationals bringing professional expertise from the areas of finance and banking, law, marketing and fundraising, education, human resource development and public sector reform and modernisation.

As a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the FDCC board will be guided by best practices in fund-raising and governance, including adherence to a Donor Bill of Rights .

Early Childhood Development

The im portance of early childhood development (ECD) and its impact on individuals and on national progress has gained increasing attention over the years.

In 1997, the Caribbean Plan of Action raised the profile of ECD issues. This was followed by the CARICOM Regional Guidelines for Developing Policy Regulation and Standards in Early Childhood Development Standards. These guidelines were endorsed for publication by COHSOD in 2008 with the support of UNICEF and UNESCO.

In March 2008, CARICOM developed a Regional Framework for Action for Children for the time period of 2002-2015. This framework emphasises goals that are aligned to the World Fit for Children and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Reports on the progress of 20 CARICOM states against the Regional Framework for Action for Children show that, by December 2011, some countries had adopted some of the goals into their national agenda while others had adopted the goals but made no discernible progress. As a result, key legislation regarding ECD had not yet passed into law, thus slowing the integration of ECD programmes into the daily operational frameworks of CARICOM governments.

There are many players operating in the ECD and social development sectors in the Caribbean, and many of their agendas overlap. The FDCC programmes and initiatives can assist governments in meeting their national goals for ECD in alignment with those of the CARICOM Framework for Action for Children , Education for All and MDGs.

This represents a vast opportunity for the FDCC to work with the Regional ECD Working Group and other strategic partners to advocate for ECD and to raise its profile in the public and private sectors, as well as at the individual and community level, thus advancing the ECD agenda at both the micro and macro levels.

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