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CDRF and Hangzhou Municipal Commission of Health Launches the Project “Promoting Urban Childcare Services for Common Prosperity (Hangzhou Pilot)”

On 15 January 2024, China Development Research Foundation (CDRF) and Hangzhou Municipal Health Commission held a launching ceremony for the "Promoting Urban Childcare Services for Common Prosperity (Hangzhou Pilot)" project (hereinafter referred to as the "Hangzhou Pilot") in Hangzhou.

Chen Weizhen, director of Primary Health and Maternal and Child Health Division of Hangzhou Municipal Health Commission, hosted the ceremony. Qiao Zhengyang, deputy secretary general of CDRF, and Cui Weiwu, member of the Party Committee and deputy director of Hangzhou Municipal Health Commission, attended the ceremony and delivered speeches. Cai Jianhua, senior advisor of Child Development Research Institute of CDRF, presented the progress of project preparation. Staff from Hangzhou Women's and Children's Health Service Center, Hangzhou Primary Health Association, as well as relevant officials from districts (counties), streets (townships) and communities in Hangzhou attended the ceremony.

The Hangzhou pilot will work closely with the local government to provide community based early childhood development public services to empower families. By distributing e-vouchers, it will provide age-specific activities such as organized games and group reading to target children and families. Services such as "one-on-one" family parenting coaching will also be provided on a need basis.

From January 16 to 17, CDRF project team went to Chun'an County, Xihu District and Qiantang District to visit the communities and learn about the current operation status of the community child care centers, laying the foundation for project implementation.

Project Background

The China Development Research Foundation (CDRF) is dedicated to tackling key issues in the field of child development in China and has provided reference for national and local policy making by conducting social programs, carrying out longitudinal research and exploring practical solutions.

In 2015, the foundation launched the "China REACH" project in Huachi County, Gansu Province. Through home visits, it provides weekly parenting instruction services to infants aged 6-36 months in rural areas, and has achieved good policy and social impact. In order to explore more service models suitable for different regions and promote early child development more comprehensively, CDRF will use Hangzhou as a pilot area to provide experience for further promoting inclusive child care services across the country and to seek appropriate service models through the implementation of scientific intervention plans combined with observation, evaluation and research. Starting preparations at the end of 2022, the project received support from the Hangzhou Municipal Health Commission and conducted baseline surveys in relevant districts (counties) from May 8 to May 12, 2023.