Childhood Care and Education

Childhood Care and Education

From Michelle Catterall

Renewing countries’ commitment to inclusive and holistic development and learning of all young children is an important step towards achieving Education For All Goal 1 to expand early childhood care and education. The As

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Chemba Raghavan, Education Specialist for UNICEF EAPRO, reports back from the Asia Pacific Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education.

The most critical period in a child’s life is between 0 to 8 years; this is when the child’s brain undergoes its most rapid growth and development. Good quality ECCE that combines health, nutrition, social protection and cognitive stimulation can also make a huge difference to the psychological and social development of young children. Investing in ECCE makes sense – for every $1 spent in early childhood it is estimated $7-12 can be saved in future costs.

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