Building and Strengthening National Systems for Early Childhood Development

Emily Vargas-Barón

in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199922994
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980420 | DOI:
Building and Strengthening National Systems for Early Childhood Development

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National early childhood development (ECD) systems are complex and diverse, due especially to varying economic, cultural, and linguistic factors; tensions among sectoral, multisectoral, and integrated approaches; and systemic issues often found between centralized and decentralized leadership, coordination, and management. In light of these and other challenges, eight essential elements for building and strengthening national ECD systems are identified and discussed: equity and rights; multisectorality, integration and coordination; governance through participatory ECD policy development and structures; legislation, standards, regulations, and agreements; quality improvement and resource development; accountability through ECD management information systems; investment and systemic issues for going to scale; and policy advocacy and social communications. Based on research and practice, recommendations for building strong and sustainable ECD systems are provided.

Keywords: early childhood; policy planning; implementation; systems; decentralization; multisectoral coordination and integration; monitoring; evaluation and advocacy

Chapter.  8213 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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