Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): Investing in the foundation for lifelong learning and sustainable development

Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): Investing in the foundation for lifelong learning and sustainable development

ECCE is amongst the most underfunded sectors, and globally and approximately 1 in 3 children, under 5 years of age, in low and middle-income countries are not achieving their cognitive development potential. ODA, private sector and NGO funding can only fill a small gap in ECCE provision. Evidence from good practices in ECCE systems shows that sustained public funding, combined with quality standard and regulation, are essential factors to achieve quality ECCE for all children. Moreover, it is also important to focus not only on sufficient financing but also on an efficient use of available resources in order to increase systemic efficiency of ECCE.

Against this background, UNESCO Bangkok, in collaboration with the UNICEF ROSA and with the financial support from the Government of the Republic of Korea, undertakes a regional study on financing for ECCE development, with a view to providing policy-makers in Asia and the Pacific with evidence, innovative practices and policy options for financing and partnerships for ECCE. Based on this research, the policy brief intends to inform policy makers on the issues at hand, provide latest examples and cases from the region on the work that has been done and develop action-oriented recommendations for policy makers' consideration, based on evidence, indicators and data along with measured potential impact of the changes in the region.

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Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): Investing in the foundation for lifelong learning and sustainable development
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2016, 10 p.

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