Blog: Investing in ECD not just about social and economic growth

18 Sep 2015

It’s encouraging to see that early childhood development (ECD) is now more firmly on the new international development agenda. SDG Target 4.2 proposes “by 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.”

It was great to see, at the recent UKFIET conference, a number of lively presentations and debates on early childhood development and to see some of this reflected in media coverage. But there are risks if this narrow instrumental lens on babies and children becomes the sole rationale for investing in policies and services. Early childhood isn’t just about preparing children to become productive, useful citizens. It is a crucial and quite extraordinary life phase, to be respected in it’s own right, with young children and families entitled to a quality environment, health and education now, and not just because of the benefits that may follow later..more .

We need to end child poverty in order to break the cycle of poverty.