Shaping cities for young children and their families
The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge is a 3-year initiative hosted by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, in collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation and WRI India. The Challenge enables Indian cities to adopt an early childhood lens in designing neighbourhood-level improvements that promote the health and well-being of young children and their caregivers.
Over 60 cities participated in an open call for applications and conceptualized early childhood-oriented solutions in urban neighbourhoods. 25 shortlisted cities will now implement trials and pilots over six months to strengthen their proposals.
With over 37 million children under age 5 living in urban areas across India (Census 2011), an early childhood-centric approach to city planning, design, and management helps Indian cities achieve goals of economic growth, health, safety, and sustainability.
Adopting an early childhood lens can help city leaders, policy makers and urban practitioners envision safe, inclusive and resilient cities for all.