Early Childhood Development in the SDGs

Woodhead, Martin (2016). Early Childhood Development in the SDGs. Young Lives Policy Brief 28, Oxford Department of International Development (ODID).

URL: http://www.younglives.org.uk/publications/PP/early...


Agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals signals that early childhood development (ECD) will be a priority focus for the twenty-first century. Explicit mention is made in Target 4.2 which states that by 2030 countries should: ‘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’. But SDG commitments to ECD are much broader than this education- focused target. This Policy Brief offers five key messages that can underpin delivery of the SDGs through the transformative potential of accessible, inclusive, quality ECD – for all young girls and boys, and for their families.

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