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Policy for Early childhood

Objectives:

The policy seeks to increase development opportunities for early childhood in Colombia, as part of the National Plan of Development [Plan Nacional de Desarrollo], and to implement Colombia's obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Scope:

The overall objective of the policy is to promote comprehensive development for children from pregnancy until 6 years old according to their needs and characteristics, with the ultimate view of improving equality in Colombia (in Spanish, the full name is “Política Pública
Nacional de Primera Infancia ‘Colombia por la primera infancia'”).

Among the specific objectives, it is foreseen that authorities shall promote the health, nutrition, and healthy environments of children. The policy recognizes that “Adequate food and nutrition in early childhood are…a determining factor in the neurological mechanisms that promote learning, health and favorable behavior throughout life”.