The NCPI (Núcleo Ciência Pela Infância) was created in 2011 with the goal of promoting the development of early childhood in Brazil, a period that covers the first six full years – or 72 months of life – of a child.
It is an alliance of organizations from different areas and with different competencies whose goal is to convey the scientific content available on early childhood development to society in a accessible and straightforward way, bridging the gap between science and practice and public policy.
Throughout its existence, NCPI has increased its action strategies and currently focus on four main ones: science and innovation; mobilization and leadership development; communication and dissemination; monitoring and evaluation.
In science and innovation, introduces the Scientific Committee that identifies the most relevant content to be translated for decision makers to inform practices and policies. In 2019, it will also produce science within a new area of action yet be launched.
This strategy also puts science into action by fostering and supporting the development, testing, and scaling of innovative solutions that can become or improve policies and practices.
It is essential that this knowledge reaches decision makers, which is why mobilization and development of leadership are key strategies, as they are implemented through the Executive Leadership Program in Early Childhood Development.
Among the actions related to communication and dissemination, there are the International Symposium and the dissemination of content produced by the Scientific Committee.
As a premise, the NCPI fosters and promotes evidence-based programs, and for that reason, the monitoring and evaluation strategy is of vital importance, including internally, to follow up on the activities developed.
There is still a lot to be done, but it is precisely because early childhood passes so quickly, and because healthy development in the first years of life is the basis of social and economic prosperity, that the NCPI agenda is treated as a priority and with a sense of urgency by the partner organizations that are part of the initiative.