Going Global

Early Childhood Policy Initiatives

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The Yale Child Study Center, in partnership with National Center for Children and Families, Teachers College, Columbia University, is working with UNICEF and several countries across the globe to create an integrated system for early childhood, using a standards approach. Early learning and development standards are statements of expectation of what children at particular ages should know and be able to do. These standards form the heart of an integrated system of standards and indicators for programs, services, instructions, teacher training, program evaluation, national monitoring and public advocacy to improve the lives of young children. These standards are rooted in scientific evidence and in the national and cultural values of each country. The process of developing these standards is supported by the national government within each country and involves a participatory approach, that for most countries, includes representatives from academia, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. 

This project, began with 6 countries (Brazil, Ghana, Jordan, Paraguay, Philippines, and South Africa) and now has expanded to include close to 50 countries across the globe, under the directorship of Pia Rebello Britto, PhD, Assistant Professor, Child Study Center. Countries are using their developed standards for multiple uses to improve programs and services for young children in their country.