Go Baby Go - Project Model
Go Baby Go (GBG) is a project model that aims to provide a strong foundation for kids in their first 1,000+ days of life. It strengthens knowledge, skills and resilience-promoting parenting behaviours so they can better fulfil their roles as first teachers and first protectors.
With a "dual approach" that includes group sessions and targeted home visits, Go Baby Go also provides caregivers with planning and self-care strategies which promote agency and well-being at the family and community levels.
Go Baby Go is a holistic parenting programme that can be implemented independently or integrated into health, nutrition, WASH, livelihoods and other relevant delivery platforms in developing, fragile and emergency contexts.
Child development programme among vulnerable groups in Sri Lanka found:
- 546 households (223 comparison, 323 intervention) across 3 Area Programmes were followed, assessing child nutritional status, maternal mental health, early childhood development outcomes, and responsive parenting skills.
- Parents being 3.3 times more likely to read to children, 2.28 times more likely to sing to children, 3.4 times more likely to take a child out for a walk, 2.3 times more likely to play with a child than comparison parents
The Go Baby Go project in Sinhuli district, Nepal assessed the impact of integrated parenting and Health Mothers Group intervention on child under two developmental outcomes. The project found:
- “From the program I realised that giving birth to children is not enough. We have to take care of them by feeding them nutritious food, they need love, we need to play with and talk to them.”- 19 year old Dalit mother in Nepal.
Empowering Palestinian Mothers to Protect the Bodies and Brains of their Newborns and Infants:
“We learned about child development, and to use what we have and play with our children; we don’t need to buy expensive toys.”
Participant mothers in Yatma village
“I had five children in a short period of time. With the first four, I was angry all the time. With this child I am more calm and relaxed. I interact more with this child. I care for this child differently than my older children.”
Nourish the Body, Nourish the Bond: Integrating early care and nutrition in emergencies
" A recent study in South Darfur found that integrating Go Baby Go! with an existing community nutrition platform for children with moderate acute malnutrition led to significant differences in treatment outcomes. Children receiving the combined nutrition and Go Baby Go intervention saw an increased recovery rate of 30% and reduced length-of-stay for MAM treatment of 13%, compared to the control group receiving nutrition alone (McGrath et al. 2022)"
Here are some useful resources:
- Playful Parenting Guides - provides ideas for parents and caregivers to help support their young child's physical, cognitive and social-emotional development. The booklet includes specific ideas for children from 0-9 and is broken into helpful sections based on a young child's developmental milestones.
- Toy Guides for Early Childhood Development - The booklets contain instructions for parents and caregivers to make simple toys for children 0-6 and 6-9 years. It also includes ideas for engaging young children with those toys and games. The toys and activities promote development across four domains: literacy, numeracy, physical, and socio-emotional.
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Go Baby Go eWorkshop
What will I learn: You will be taken on a journey with a global group of peers and expert facilitators to:
- Gain an understanding of holistic child development and the highly successful strategies applied in the GBG model to promote optimal early childhood development (ECD) outcomes
- Be able to establish and support effective parenting group cohorts to holistically promote children’s development
- Be able to set up and run an effective home visiting programme tailored to each household to address their needs in an integrated way
- Gain capabilities to ensure quality implementation through supportive supervision and quality monitoring
- Promote child holistic development during the first 1000+ days of life!
Duration of eWorkshop: 8 weeks
For more information: Send an email to Technical_Academy@wvi.org.