Early Childhood Care and Development Intervention Package for the First 1,000 Days (ECCD F1K)
The Early Childhood Care and Development Intervention Package for the First 1,000 Days (ECCD F1K) has been implemented in Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) Priority Provinces since 2016. The first 1,000 days of life refer to the period between conception to the first two years of life and has been termed as the “golden window of opportunity” for the child to achieve his or her full potential in the different aspects of development. It is consistent with Republic Act 10410 or the Early Years Act of 2013, which strengthens the early childhood care and development system.
The ECCD F1K program aims to contribute to the full development of the child through integrated services of health, nutrition, early education, and social services for pregnant women and children below two years old. It aims to reduce morbidity, mortality, and stunting and wasting prevalence among children 0-23 months old, and is expected to improve the quality of the country’s human resource base, thereby contributing to poverty reduction. The program is spearheaded by the National Nutrition Council initially in the 10 priority provinces outlined in the PPAN 2017-2022.