Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
March 11–14, 2024

In March, Episcopal Relief & Development will attend the 2024 East Africa Regional Early Childhood Conference with colleagues from ADDRO, ADS Nyanza and ADS Western–implementing partners in our flagship ECD program partnership, Moments That Matter® (MTM).

Our approach to early childhood development programming focuses on equipping and supporting parents and caregivers to provide the highest quality of nurturing care during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. In partnership with local faith leaders and other change agents, Episcopal Relief & Development promotes nurturing care that fosters responsive caregiving, good health and nutrition, and early learning and play while working to reduce unhealthy environmental factors like poverty, malnutrition and exposure to violence.

If you’re attending the conference, please stop by our booth for a dose of information and inspiration. Staff from Episcopal Relief & Development and our partners will be on hand to share their expertise and passion for the work we’re doing together to create an impact that lasts a lifetime.

Hint: Ask our team why local faith leaders are so critical to our ECD programming!

If you’re not attending, we’d love to connect another way—please visit our ECD and MTM pages for a deeper dive into our work. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn for more stories, key learnings, and conference takeaways.

Side Event: Nurturing Care Framework: Adapting to Contextual Realities and Environmental Influencers

March 12, 16:30–16:30. In this session, experts from Episcopal Relief & Development, Girl Effect Tanzania, ADS Nyanza and CRS Tanzania discuss environmental influencers that impact caregiving and development, offering insights on how local context affects risk factors and on adapting the Nurturing Care Framework to fit reality.

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Round Table: Bridging Religion & Science to Improve Responsive Caregiving

March 13, TBD. Tobias Aulo from ADS Nyanza explores the role faith leaders play in Moments That Matter®, a program partnership of Episcopal Relief & Development. Learn how faith leaders are uniquely positioned to translate ECD science through a spiritual lens, improving the quality of nurturing care and promoting social and behavior change.

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Episcopal Relief & Development works with partners around the world to bring about positive change in four core areas: reducing gender-based violence, advancing early childhood development, strengthening climate resilience and supporting communities impacted by disaster. Learn more about how we are partnering to create lasting change.


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Transforming Lives Moment to Moment in Zambia

Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the five Anglican dioceses of Zambia to offer the Moments That Matter® Integrated Early Childhood Development Program.

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Antonio and Manuel, two boys who live in Angola, play with ease because they have clean water to wash their hands and prevent the spread of diseases.

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One Tooth For the Tooth Angel in El Salvador

Young Steven was able to get quality dental care thanks to the Episcopal Church in El Salvador’s integrated health programming in collaboration with Episcopal Relief & Development.

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Fact Sheet | Integrated Early Childhood Development

Our flagship integrated early childhood development program partnership, Moments That Matter® (MTM), is a direct response to the nurturing care imperative and long-term holistic parenting empowerment and targeted wraparound supports to families so that children (ages 0-3) have the start to life they need to develop to their full potential.

Scaling the Moments That Matter® early childhood development model: how communities’ monitoring for change contributes to sustainable impact

This 2023 Frontiers Journal article, co-authored by Episcopal Relief & Development’s Director of Strategic Learning & Program Resources, presents a community case study of our Moments That Matter®️ program partnership, exploring how the program creates lasting change through an approach that is people-centered and community-led.

Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI Analysis) in Early Childhood Development Programming Poster

Overview of Episcopal Relief & Development’s integration of Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) in Moments That Matter®, an early childhood development program partnership of Episcopal Relief & Development. (This is a 36″x36″ poster.)

African Population and Health Resource Center: Endline Summary Report, August 2021

This 2019 endline evaluation summary report highlights findings of the impact, process and cost-effectiveness of the community-based parenting empowerment programs in Kenya and Zambia. The evaluation assessed if the program increased Primary Caregivers’s adoption of high-impact behaviors to improve interactions with children, responsive care, early learning and safety and security.

Moments That Matter® Impact Report 2018 – 2021

Moments That Matter® (MTM) is a community-based early childhood development and parenting empowerment program to improve the development, health, and economic outcomes for children aged 0-3. This 2018-2021 MTM Impact Report is a summary of the implementation research, which assessed Primary Caregivers’s knowledge and behavioral changes to responsive care and early learning in Kenya and Zambia.

Event images by Kane Reinholdtsen and Tai’s Captures on Unsplash.

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