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SABER-ECD: A World Bank initiative

SABER-Early Childhood Development (ECD) collects, synthesizes, and disseminates comprehensive information on ECD policies and programs across different systems. SABER-ECD analyzes data from each participating country to assess the country’s progress towards each of three key ECD policy goals and it provides each country with regional and international comparisons and country-specific roadmaps with policy options for improving ECD policy development.

InBrief Series from the Center on the Developing Child

The Center on the Developing Child at the Harvard University’s InBrief Series provides brief summaries of recent scientific presentations and research on the science of early childhood development and early childhood program evaluation. The briefs are one-sheet, designed to be printed on one page, front and back, are also available as a companion video series.

A vision for post-2015:Dame Tessa Jowell calls for renewed efforts on international commitments to early childhood development

Dame Tessa Jowell asserts that the campaign to ensure that a commitment to early childhood development is enshrined in the new global development framework after 2015, must continue to September and beyond so that when countries consider progress between 2015-2030, early childhood development and improving the lives of children is a baseline against which they will measure success.

Global Initiative’s new briefing ‘Young children’s right to an end to all violent punishment’.

The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children has published a new briefing ‘Young children’s right to an end to all violent punishment’.The briefing emphasizes the importance of prohibition for young children, highlighting that despite widespread concern about violence against young children in the home and elsewhere, the legal and social acceptance of violent punishment is rarely explicitly addressed in child protection work in the early childhood sector, in the promotion of early childhood care and education services or in efforts to improve young children’s health and

Early Childhood Development on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development has published a document titled ‘Early Childhood Development on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: A response to the report of the High-Level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development’ in which the global early childhood development (ECD) community proposes a global goal and urgent call to action to ensure that all children under the age of 5 reach their developmental potential through access to quality EC

Rapid growth of family support programmes calls for accelerated research agenda

An “Expert Consultation on Family and Parenting Support”, convened by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, brought together international experts from fifteen countries to define and coordinate a global research framework to improve policies aimed at supporting families and parenting across the diverse global spectrum of family norms.

Quality of Early Childhood Development Programs in Global Contexts: Rationale for Investment, Conceptual Framework and Implications for Equity

Authors Pia Rebello Britto , Hirokazu Yoshikawa  and Kimberly Boller in Social Policy Report, Volume 25, Number 2. propose equity as the construct central to the provision of ECD programs in an international context. Conceptualizing equity relative to two components, access and quality, the paper emphasizes the importance of quality. It argues that there has been greater focus on building access to ECD program services with less emphasis placed on quality, particularly when programs are taken to scale in low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries.

Early Childhood Development Policies Around the World: Overview.

The Human Development Department of the World Bank has initiated a work program called System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results, SABER, to develop a tool to diagnose education systems, policies and programs across countries. Early Childhood Development Policies Around the World is one of several topics within SABER. Early Childhood Development Around the World will collect, synthesize and disseminate comprehensive information on ECD across different systems.

Developing Brains: Early Childhood In Focus

Early Childhood in Focus is a series of publications by the Child and Youth Studies Group at The Open University, United Kingdom, with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation providing accessible and clear reviews of the best and most recent available research, information and analysis on key policy issues, offering messages on core policy topics and questions, spanning all aspects of early childhood care and education, as well as the full range, from infancy through to the early years of school.

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