New research shows a child’s earliest years can have a lifelong impact.

To make sure every child has a strong foundation from birth onward, parents and caregivers need the right tools. Working with our partners, we’re developing these tools so children can thrive.

Science of Early Child Development Around the World

Countries highlighted in white show location of SECD course participants.

Aga Khan Development Network has offices across Africa and Asia


A child’s earliest years impacts their quality of life into adulthood. The Science of Early Child Development (SECD) helps caregivers and parents in providing a foundation for children to thrive during a critical time. The initiative makes this research engaging and accessible to everyone, no matter their background.

Since 2009, the Aga Khan Development Network has worked with Red River College to nurture a common understanding of this stage. This partnership develops a collection of interactive, online and offline resources. This collection has a global perspective, highlighting research and programs from around the world. Over time, SECD has grown into a suite of versatile, engaging learning materials in varied formats and languages.


5educational resources

and accompanying courses

1000+course participants

from 43 countries

60+former course participants

trained and mentored as tutors and instructors


reached globally from parents and caregivers to leaders and policymakers




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