Early Childhood Care Nutrition and Education

At the Glance

Early Childhood Care and Nutrition Education (ECCNE) is a program initiated by SEAMEO Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition (RECFON) in 2017. This program aims to provide a model of integrated implementation of essential components to optimize child growth and development. These components include enabling environment, parenting, care and education, health and nutrition, and policy and multi-sectoral participation.

ECCNE Framework

The ECCNE Program framework puts together the five components that are necessary to achieve an integrated approach to childhood growth and development.  These components are arranged in a form of a “house” which either represents a family, a household, a school, or a community where in these components could and should operate. A house is supposed to serve as a nurturing environment for a child to have optimal growth and development. A house also symbolizes protection and security needed by children. The Program framework recognizes the participation of relevant sectors as paramount also in providing and facilitating the delivery of services needed for an optimal child growth and development.

ECCNE Working Group

In 2018, SEAMEO RECFON initiated the establishment of Indonesia ECCNE Working Group (ECCNE-WG). ECCNE-WG members are the institutional partners from the government, academe, UN agencies, NGOs and professional organizations that have been involved in early childcare. This WG aims to share information and provide inputs regarding good practices in the application of the Holistic Integrative ECD model and PAUD mapping to optimize early childhood development in Indonesia.


Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI

Ministry of Health, Indonesia Kementerian Kesehatan RI

Ministry of Social Affair, Indonesia Kementerian Sosial RI

Universitas Indonesia, Fac.Medicine

Universitas Udayana, Fac.Medicine

UIN Syarif Hidayatullah, Fac.Psychology

Health Polytechnic of Malang (Poltekkes Kemenkes Malang)

Health Polytechnic of Medan (Poltekkes Kemenkes Medan)

Health Polytechnic of Pontianak (Poltekkes Kemenkes Pontianak)

Health Polytechnic of Riau (Poltekkes Kemenkes Riau)

District Health Office of Sambas (Dinas Kesehatan Kab. Sambas)

District Health Office of Malang (Dinas Kesehatan Kab. Malang)

District Health Office of East Lombok (Dinas Kesehatan Kab. Lombok Timur)

District Education Office of East Lombok (Dinas Pendidikan Kab. Lombok Timur)

District Education Office of Tanjung Jabung Timur (Dinas Pendidikan Tanjung Jabung Timur)

BP PAUD Dikmas Provinsi Jambi

BP PAUD Dikmas Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Barat








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Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute, Ministry of Health, Lao PDR

National Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Cambodia

National Nutrition Center, Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar

ECCNE Activities

  1. Mapping of ECE teacher’s competency in nutrition
    • In 2018, SEAMEO RECFON, in collaboration with the Indonesian Professional Organization of ECE Teachers (HIMPAUDI – Himpunan Pendidik dan Tenaga Kependidikan Anak Usia Dini Indonesia) conducted online survey on ECE teacher’s nutrition competency. This activity was aimed to capture the situation of ECCNE in Indonesia, especially in relation to ECE teacher’s nutrition competency. The result of the survey showed the urgency of providing capacity building for ECE teachers in relation to nutrition education as indicated by a the median score of 25 points (out of max score of 40).
  2. Development of ECCNE Model
    • Community-based ECCNE Model: Malang and Sambas – empowerment of cadres and nutritionist in Public Health Center (Puskesmas).
    • ECE Center (PAUD)-based ECCNE Model: Lotim – empowerment of ECE teachers and health providers in Public Health Center (Puskesmas) in the context of disaster-prone area.
  3. Local Specific Food-Based Recommendation for Young Children
    • SEAMEO RECFON actively contributes in the formulation of food-based recommendation (FBR) for mothers and young children, which are locally specific. The basis of the activity were capacity building and provision of technical assistance to academes and program implementers and utilization of dietary intake data to develop local-specific FBRs for nutrition promotion. The academe and local partners, with assistance of SEAMEO RECFON, are expected to conduct an evaluation of the local specific FBRs to improve the nutrient intake as well as nutrition status of mothers and young children.