Ten Facts about ECCE

In Colombia, more than 80,000 community mothers like Luz provide children's daycare service.

UNESCO/Alejandra V. Jaramillo

  • ECCE is a right, recognized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by 149 countries.
  • ECCE is the bedrock of EFA and the first step in meeting all the other EFA goals.
  • ECCE can improve the well-being of young children, especially in the developing world, where a child has a four in ten chance of living in extreme poverty and 10.5 million children a year under five die from preventable diseases.  
  • ECCE contributes to the Millennium Development Goal of reducing poverty, as well as to the education, health and other international goals and instruments.
  • ECCE has a beneficial effect on later schooling and leads to higher school enrolment, particularly for girls.
  • ECCE is cost-effective in that it a preventive measure supporting children early on rather than compensating their disadvantage when older.
  • ECCE in the form of reliable child care provides essential support for working parents, particularly mothers.
  • ECCE investment yields high economic returns, offsetting disadvantage and inequality, especially for children from poor families. It benefits taxpayers and enhances economic vitality.
  • ECCE has positive effects on female labour force participation and older siblings’ schooling.
  • ECCE levels the playing field by reducing inequalities between rich and poor and is thus a key component to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
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