Public Policy for Comprehensive Development of Early Childhood

General information

The aim of this Policy is that the State of Honduras, as guarantor of the rights of children, has an instrument to guide government institutions, non - governmental development institutions (NGO), private enterprise with social responsibility and other cooperating institutions in the implementation of strategies articulated in a manner that is conducive to the survival, development and protection of children from conception to age 6. This policy arises from the need for better and more attention to early childhood, also the situation of a lack of mechanisms for joint efforts of all institutions and organizations working in the development of Early Childhood, as well as complying with boys’ and girls’ rights under the age of 6 of the country.

Country Honduras
Type Polìtica
Date 2012
Responsible institution

Secretaría de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social (SEDIS)


General objective

Promote the assurance of compliance with the rights of early childhood, the formation of future human capital and achieving the commitments made by the State of Honduras towards this population group.

Specific objectives

  1. Achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in institutional, public and private management, aimed at fulfilling the rights of early childhood.
  2. Providing comprehensive care for early childhood development, responding to the fulfillment of their rights at this stage of life, through joint responsibility of the various social actors in the country.
  3. Promote during early childhood, a suitable environment, formation of values and cultural and recreational practices that contribute to the development of human capital.


  1. Ensure universal registration of persons with less than one year of age.
  2. Create the National Registry of Early Childhood (RENPI) and ensure that it is the main reference of institutions and organizations serving early childhood to plan their actions in an articulated manner or individually.
  3. Define and establish quality standards in comprehensive care for early childhood according to the criteria established by the governing body of public policies in childhood matters.
  4. Massively promote comprehensive early childhood care and its importance in the development of the country.
  5. Maintain a permanent research system in order to guide the design of programs and projects for early childhood, in the context of this Policy.
  6. Coordinate and harmonize the actions of public sector entities, non-governmental development organizations (NGO) and the private sector in order to provide comprehensive early childhood care.
  7. Ensure the transfer and use of municipal resources for early childhood care, based on the guidelines set forth in this Policy and reflected in the Municipal Development Plans.
  8. Plan and execute the delivery of comprehensive health services for early childhood.
  9. Promote specialized training of human resources to ensure comprehensive care for early childhood.
  10. Promote education and qualified training for families and communities in order to provide comprehensive care for early childhood.
  11. Promote a family and community environment that enables early childhood to acquire the primary qualities for them to be recognized as a subject of rights and a social being; individually as belonging to a particular social group.
  12. Attend those from early childhood the live in difficult conditions and situations through programs that guarantee their rights.
  13. Permanent and progressive early childhood training, through interaction with parents, legal guardians and primary caregivers in the formation of values and issues of environmental conservation.
  14. Strengthen the focus on gender equity and intercultural care in early childhood.
Normative framework

Decreto Ejecutivo PCM 031-2012, que aprueba la Política Pública para el Desarrollo Integral de la Primera Infancia.

Target population

Children up to 6 years old.