Ten Facts about ECCE
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- 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.