Embrace the Future for Children

The Association for Childhood Education International and the Alliance for Childhood are leading this initiative. We invite you to join us to help all children realize their full potential and to offer a promise for childhood's future
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The Decade for Childhood provides a platform for a global conversation about childhood and the exchange of ideas and experiences, the dissemination of knowledge, and the consideration of best policies and practices. Through collaboration and partnerships at local, regional, national, and international levels, we will extend our work, especially when enriched by insights across multiple sectors, including education, health, ecology, recreation, sociology,
and psychology.

The Ten Pillars of a Good Childhood


The Ten Pillars of a Good Childhood are a starting point that can be used to consider what a good childhood looks like today. Please use these pillars for your engagement with this decade. How are they relevant to the experience of childhood in your home, your community, or your nation? Share the Ten Pillars with others. We would like to hear your opinions about the pillars and about creative ways that the pillars have been used by you to guide policies and practices related to the experience of childhood.

 

  1. Safe and secure places for living and learning,
    with access to health care, clothing, shelter, and nutritious food
  2. Strong families and loving, consistent caregivers
  3. Social interactions and friendships
  4. Creative play and physical activity
  5. Appreciation and stewardship of the natural environment
  6. Creative expression through music, dance, drama,
    and the other arts
  7. Education that develops the full capacities of the child—cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and ethical
  8. Supportive, nurturing, child-friendly communities
  9. Growing independence and decision making
  10. Children and youth participating in community life.
Dr. Edna Ranck, an Ambassador for Childhood, prepared a comparison of the 10 Pillars with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  See the comparison chart here.
Dr. Edna Ranck, an Ambassador for Childhood under the Decade for Childhood, prepared this comparison between the 10 Pillars of a Good Childhood and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for presentation at the 2014 World Forum on Early Care and Education in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 6-9 May 2014. - See more at: http://www.acei.org/acei-news/the-10-pillars-of-a-good-childhood-a-comparison#sthash.GC8E3I0e.dpuf
Dr. Edna Ranck, an Ambassador for Childhood under the Decade for Childhood, prepared this comparison between the 10 Pillars of a Good Childhood and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for presentation at the 2014 World Forum on Early Care and Education in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 6-9 May 2014. - See more at: http://www.acei.org/acei-news/the-10-pillars-of-a-good-childhood-a-comparison#sthash.GC8E3I0e.dpuf
Dr. Edna Ranck, an Ambassador for Childhood under the Decade for Childhood, prepared this comparison between the 10 Pillars of a Good Childhood and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for presentation at the 2014 World Forum on Early Care and Education in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 6-9 May 2014. - See more at: http://www.acei.org/acei-news/the-10-pillars-of-a-good-childhood-a-comparison#sthash.GC8E3I0e.dpuf