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Individual Country Policy Development

Many countries are interested in developing or evaluating their national social and public policies to ensure that the survival, development, protection and participation needs of children are being met. Consequently, several countries have embarked on a process of national early childhood policy development. The Yale Child Study Center has been working with several of these countries to provide guidance and technical expertise on the policy development process and to ensure that the policies are evidence based. The team of consultants has included members from across campus, making it a multidisciplinary effort.
Handbook of Early Child Development Research and its Impact on Global Policy

Edited by Pia Britto (Yale), Patrice Engle (Cal Poly State) & Charles Super (UConn). (2013)

“This handbook has become the bible for making ECD central to the post-2015 development agenda.”

-R.H. Dame Tessa Jowell, DBE (Member of Parliament, London, UK)

Available from Oxford Press here.

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.

Full text Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences here

Joined Hands: Better Childhood

by Pia Rebello Britto, Jan van Ravens and Liliana Angelica Ponguta (Yale). (2011)

Kosovo is moving forward with a keen interest in early childhood. This report presents the findings of an analytical study of the programs and policies in Kosovo that directly or indirectly impact the lives of young children and families. The purpose of this report is to suggest a set of Early Childhood Development (ECD) program and policy recommendations for Kosovo.

Download the UNICEF report here