reGeneration is proud to join forces with
The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and
Alliance for Childhood
to announce

The Decade for Childhood

Embracing the human future.

Exploring childhood today, creating new opportunities for childhood tomorrow.

We can no longer afford to ignore the current state of childhood. The long-term effects of an unhealthy childhood will weaken societies that need creative and compassionate individuals with mature insights who are able to solve complex human problems. We have the collective strength to create a more robust and creative childhood for all children.

The Decade for Childhood is a collective, global initiative that seeks perspectives and insights from individuals and organizations about the current state of childhood. From it, we hope an enlightened view of childhood can emerge that will serve as a foundation for actions to support the spirit of childhood in the healthiest, most vibrant and creative ways possible.

Goals of the Decade

  1. Promote and protect childhood as a unique and critical stage of human development.
  2. Explore childhood from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.
  3. Identify issues that erode childhood.
  4. Advocate for children’s rights as a vital element of childhood.
  5. Translate the “Ten Pillars of a Good Childhood” into policies and practices that benefit all children

During the Decade, we will seek to answer questions such as these:

  1. What is our view of the human being and how does that affect our view of childhood?
  2. Have changes in child-rearing practices and societal expectations of children served children well or contributed to a decline in their overall well-being?
  3. What supports children—and ultimately all of us—in creating strong relationships, a healthy environment, and opportunities for lifelong growth and learning; and how do we make these a normal part of every child’s life?

The Decade for Childhood provides a platform for examining questions like these and for experiencing the cross-fertilization that comes from exchanging ideas and experiences, and working together across many sectors and in many nations. It offers individuals and organizations a deepened understanding of how the issues they are addressing fit into the larger picture of childhood today. Through communication and collaboration, new partnerships—at local, regional, national, and international levels—can help extend our work, especially when enriched by insights across multiple sectors, including education, health, ecology, recreation, sociology, and psychology.

Every child in every nation deserves a childhood full of
hope, joy, freedom, and promise for the future.