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Going Global

Early Childhood Policy Initiatives

The Yale Child Study Center is in partnership 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) under the directorship of Pia Rebello Britto, PhD, former Assistant Professor, Child Study Center. It has now has expanded to include 50+ countries across the globe and is carried forth under the directorship of Angelica Ponguta, MPH, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Child Study Center. Countries are using their developed standards for multiple uses to improve programs and services for young children in their country.

Strengthening systems for integrated early childhood development services: a cross-national analysis of governance

By Pia Rebello Britto, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Jan van Ravens, L. Angelica Ponguta, Maria Reyes, Soojin Oh, Roland Dimaya, Anna Maria Nieto, and Richard Seder (2014)

While there has been substantial growth in early childhood development (ECD) services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), there is considerable inequity in their distribution and quality. The aim of this paper is to present findings from four countries, using a cross-national case study approach to explore governance mechanisms required to strengthen national systems of ECD services.

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