In this event, high-profile international education policymakers, researchers and practitioners will come together to present evidence on the multi-dimensional benefits of early childhood development (ECD) investment.
Early childhood development is the foundation of educational outcomes throughout a child's life. High-quality early childhood services are essential for ensuring that young children are able to reach their developmental potential and thrive. If well designed, early childhood services can also provide benefits that are closely linked to the more proximate effects of early stimulation and learning:
- Helping to break intergenerational cycles of poverty;
- Reducing the burden of unpaid care on older girls and women, affording them more time to focus on educational opportunities;
- Facilitating employment opportunities for vulnerable groups, and;
- Helping to foster women’s economic empowerment and inclusive growth.
Presenting organisations include The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, UNICEF and World Bank.
Following the presentations, a panel of implementing organisations will come together to provide their perspectives on how to design and implement high-quality early childhood development and childcare services in low- and middle-income countries. They will discuss where this has worked well, as well as critically reflect on key design and implementation challenges.
Register for the event here.