Early childhood care and education

High-quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) is now recognised as a core strategy for tackling child malnutrition, increasing children’s successful participation in school, and strengthening economic development.

Young Lives is tracking the progress (or otherwise) of 8,000 young children through kindergarten and pre-school into primary school and beyond. We study school experiences and aspirations, and track children’s later progress, including evidence of grade repetition, and drop-out.

In our work to date we find significant inequalities in access to early education relating to whether children live in urban or rural areas, household income levels, maternal education, and public and private-sector provision. These findings underline the importance of ensuring that high-quality care and education in early childhood reach the poorest children, so that policies are able to fulfil their potential.

Related documents

Early Childhood Development Topic GuideEarly Childhood Development: Delivering Inter‐sectoral Policies, Programmes and Services in Low‐resource Settings, HEART Topic Guide for DFID, by Martin Woodhead with Laura Bolton, Imogen Featherstone and Penny Robertson



PB20_early-education-in-Ethiopia Ways Forward for Early Learning in Ethiopia, Young Lives Policy Brief 20




Policy Brief 18

Early Childhood Care and Education in Peru: Evidence from Young Lives, Young Lives Policy Brief 18 [longer version also available in Spanish: Atención y educación de la primera infancia en el Perú: Evidencia de Niños del Milenio]



BvLF-WP58-India Early Childhood and the Transition to Primary School: Choices and Inequalities in Andhra Pradesh, Bernard van Leer Foundation Working Papers in Early Child Development 58, by Uma Vennam, Natalia Streuli and Martin Woodhead



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Early Childhood Care and Education as a Strategy for Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Young Lives, Young Lives Policy Brief 9

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