Positioning ECCD in the 21st Century

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In this article, we will explore a three-pronged set of arguments and efforts in support of ECCD that may be effective in diverse contexts:
1. Promoting ECCD as key to achieving children’s rights and key to individual governments fulfilling the legal obligations to which they committed in ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
2. Advocating for ECCD as a good investment, and in particular, as an instrumental, frontline strategy for achieving poverty reduction goals.
3. Arguing for ECCD as a significant entry pointwithin, and foundation for, diverse broad educational, social, and health movements.
We hope this issue will prove useful in:

  • Summarizing some important information which we should all have at our fingertips
  • Sharing case studies of effective examples;
  • Helping us think through what we may need to be doing differently—how we may need to hone and adapt our arguments so that there is a tighter fit with specific conventions, declarations, formal international goals, or individual government policies and plans;
  • Acting as a catalyst for us to develop new and potent arguments that will help ensure increasing commitments from governments and donors.r
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