Plenary I: The ECCE Development Imperative

The Science of Early Childhood Development and the Foundation of a Sustainable Society -  Mr Jack P. Shonkoff, Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Graduated School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital, Boston; Founding Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, United States

Plenary II: The Global State of the Art: Scaling Up Towards 20159

Global Trends in ECCE and Overview of Status of EFA Goal 1: Ms Mmantsetsa Marope, Director, Division of Basic Education, UNESCO

The Challenges in Promoting ECCE?  Mr Nicholas Burnett, Managing Director, Results for Development 

Commission 1: Enabling the scale-up towards 2015

1.1 Policy: Developing good policies for ECCE

Making a case for Early Childhood Care and Education – fostering a strong policy for early childhood care and education - Lisbet Rugtvedt, Deputy Minister of Education, Norway

ECCE: Policy Challenges and best practices - Mr Abrar Hasan, Education Policy Specialist and Independent Consultant, Canada

Developing Pattern Policies on Early Childhood Care and Education - H.E Ms Nimet Cubukcu, Minister of Education, Turkey

1.2  Innovative financing strategies for ECCE

Childcare Markets - Ms Helen Penn, Professor, University of East London, United Kingdom

Innovative Financing Strategies for ECCE – An Investment Framework for Early Childhood Systems Bulding - Mr Charles Bruner, Executive Director, Child and Family Policy Center

Financing ECCE: How to expand and sustain adequate programmes – South African Perspective - H.E Mr Mohamed Enver Surty, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, South Africa

1.3 Legal Frameworks: Ensuring inclusion and protection in the ECCE system

Reducing child poverty through ECCE -  Ms Lisa Jordan, Executive Director, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Netherlands

Levels and types of legislation and regulations protecting, supporting and regulating early childhood care and education (ECCE) -  Ms Saisuree Chutikul, Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Legal frameworks and financing modalities to ensure equity and inclusion in ECCE - the Brazilian Experience - Professor Vital Didonet, OMEP - World Organization for Early Childhood Education/ Brasil and National Network for Early Childhood Development

1.4 Institutional Frameworks: Setting up the multisectoral integration and coordination

Achieving multisectoral integration and coordination - Ms Emily Vargas Baron, Director of RISE Institute, United States

Multisectoral coordination : The case of Mauritius - Ms Soonita Kistamah, Director of the ECCE Authority, Mauritius

The institutional ECCE Framework of Inter-Departmental cooperation and hierarchy management in China - Ms Feng Xiaoya, College of Pre-school Education, Beijing Normal University


Commission 2: Regional Experiences

2.1 Latin America and the Caribbean

Acces and equity for vulnerable children in the Caribbean community - Mr Leon Charles, Managing Director, Charles & Associates, Grenada

La calidad de los servicios en educacion infantile comienza con la construccion curricular participativa / Quality of services in ECCE begins with a participate curriculum construction -  Ms Maria Victoria Peralta, Vice-President of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) for Latin America, Chile

Program of Strengthening Early Education and Childlike Development  - Ms Noemi García, Deputy Director, Program of Strengthening Early Education and Childlike Development, Subsecretaria de Education Basica & Magdalena Cázares Villa, Program of Strengthening Early Education and Childlike Development, Subsecretaría de Educación básica

Social protection systems for ECCE : The Colombian experience - Ms Constanza Alarcon, Assistant Director for Early Childhood, Colombia  

2.2 South-est Asia, East Asia, Central Asia and the Pacific

National policy development for inter-sectoral coordination - H.E. Mr Nath Bunrouen, Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Laying the Foundation for the Future – Development Policy and Outlook on Chinese ECCE - H.E. Ms Chen Xiaoya, Vice-Minister of Education of Popular Republic of China

Legal frameworks for good governance and coordination -  Ms Marylin F. Manuel,  DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC), Philippines

Case Study from Kazakhstan on ECCE Policy Implementation - Ms Dina Omarova, Director, Republican Preschool Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan

2.3 Europe and North America

Ethnic diversity and social inclusion in Early Childhood Education: Rationale, challenges and opportunities - Mr Michel Vandenbroeck, Professor, Department of Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University, Belgium

Developing equitable and culturally-Sensitive early childhood systems in America: Challenges and Opportunities - Mr Charles Bruner, Executive Director, Child and Family Policy Center, United States

Human Capital Development and Equity in CEE/CIS Countries - Mr Steven Allen, Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Geneva, Switzerland

2.4 Arab States

Jordan’s ECCE System : A Framework for articulating goals for Child well-being : Achievements and remaining challenges - Dr Tayseer Alnoaimi, Former Minister of Education, Jordan 

Successes and Challenges in Delivering ECCE in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: The harsh reality of Childhood - H.E Ms Cairo Arafat, Minister of Education and Higher Education of Palestine

L’expérience marocaine dans le domaine de l’éducation et la protection de la petite enfance , H.E. Ms Latifa Abida Vice-Minister of Education, Morocco   

2.5 Russian Federation

Mr S.S. Feoktistov  - Ms O. Larionova - Mr N.N. Malofeev - Mr E.V. Kuyvashev - Ms T.K. Balyberdin

2.6 South and West Asia

Strengthening Networking among service providers for ECCE in public and private sectors - Ms Mehnaz Aziz, Chief Executive & Founding Director, Children Global Network (CNG), Pakistan

Bangladesh: A country of Prospects - Ms Mahmuda Akhter, Head, ECD Resource Center, Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Budget Analysis as an Innovative Strategy in Furthering the Case of Early Childhood Care and Education in India - Ms Madhumita Purkayastha, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, India

Inclusive and child-friendly ECCE as a tool to reach EFA - Mr Lutfullah Safi, speaking on behald of H.E Mr M. Sediq Patman, Deputy Minister for Academic Affairs, Ministry of Education, Afghanistan

Early Childhood Care and Education: Indian Perspective - Dr. Sheeranjan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India and Ms Archana Sharma Awathi, Director Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India

2.7 Africa

Fourth African regional conference conclusions including African union resolution as an outcome - Mr Ahlin Byll-Cataria, Executif Secretary, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)

Innovative ECCE Program through radio : The case of Zanzibar Rise Project - H.E. Mr Haroun Ali Souleiman, Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Zanzibar

Health and nutrition challenges in Africa and global action plan in the context of ECCE - Mr Guelaya Sall, Professor, University of Dakar, Senegal

Implications of a Developmental African Research Program for the Design of ECD Services in Rural Communities  - Dr Robert Serpell, Professor, Psychology Department, University of Zambia

PLENARY III: ECCE Country Best Practices

The Model ECCE Program of the City of Moscow - Ms Lyudmila Shvetsova, First Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Russian Federation

Cuban Experience of Comprehensive Early Childhood Care   -  Ms Isabel Rios Leonard, National Director of ECCE, Cuba

Early Childhood Develoment in Mauritius - Ms Nirmala Gobin-Bheenick, Principal Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mauritius


Commission 3: Critical Thematic Areas

3.1. Holistic ECCE: The Role of Health, Education, Nutrition and Protection in Promoting Quality ECCE

Health, Nutrition and Early Child Development - Ms Patrice Engle, Professor, California Polytechnic State University, United States

A Case Study of ECCE of Chile - Ms Alicia Berrios, Specialist Early Childhood, Government of Chile

Early Childhood Care and Nutrition – A Catalyst for Success in School - Ms Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions, World Food Programme (WFP)

The State of ECCE in the Seychelles - H.E Ms Macsuzy Mondon, Minister of Education, Employment and Human Resources, Seychelles and President of Seychelles National Commission for UNESCO

3.2. The Quest for Quality

Balancing Quality and Quantity: A Contemporary Challenge - Ms Sharon Lynn Kagan (Ed.D.), Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Professor Adjunct at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

ECCE Quality in Terms of Content - Ms  Elena Yudina, Prof., Moscow City University of Psychology and Education, Russian Federation

Quality Matters: Observations from Early Childhood Programmes in Low Resource Environments in Asia - Ms Nirmala Rao, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, China

3.3. Challenges and Solutions for Scaling up Programmes  for the Under Threes: Effective Models and Modalities of Service Delivery

Youngest Citizens: different Models of Care and Education in meeting the needs of Children and their Families - Marta Korintus Mihalyne, Head of International Relations Institute for Social Policy and Labor, Hungary -

The Social Programme of Care “Educate Your Child”: a Successful Experience for Cuban Early Childhood from 0 to 3 Years - Ms Ana Maria Siverio, Technical Advisor at the Latin-American Early Childhood Education Centre –CELEP, Cuba

Improving early Childhood Development (ECD) in 0-3 Year Olds: The Jamaican Approach  - Ms Maureen Samms-Vaughn, Professor, Chairperson, Early Childhood Commission, Jamaica

3.4. Capacity-Building to Effectively Deliver ECCE

Developing Capacity in Quality Early Childhood Care and Education through Public-Private Partnership; The Malaysian Experience: Prof. Chiam Heng Keng, Malaysia’s Representative for Children to the ASEAN Commission  on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children, Founder and Adviser  of the Malaysia Association of Professional Early Childhood

Capacity Building for Quality Early Childhood, Care and Education in the Americas - Ms  Gaby Fujimoto, Senior Education Specialist, Organization of American States, United States

Developing National Capacity for ECCE Programs: The Case of Pakistan  - Ms Amina Sayeed, Sr. Manager Advocacy and Program Development, to address a presentation for , Director Program Development, Teachers Resources Center, Pakistan

Commission 4: Exclusion and Marginalization

4.1. Delivering ECCE to the Poor and Marginalized

The Role of Families in the Educational Journey of their Children - Dame Ms Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi, Board Member, the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust, New Zealand

Serving Children - Supporting Families - Revitalizing Communities: the Experience of the Change opportunities for Schools initiative in Latvia - Ms Aija Tuna, Coordinator of Change Opportunities

4.2. ECCE and HIV/AIDS

Providing ECCE for Young Children Affected by HIV/AIDS: Why and How
Ms Nurper Ulkuer, Chief, Early Childhood Development Unit/PDO

The Extent to Which Young Children are affected by HIV and aids in Botswana - Mr Richard Matlhare, National Coordinator of National AIDS Coordinating Agency, Botswana

Care and support for HiV/AIDS affected Children in Thailand - Mr Darunee Rujkorakarn, Vice President, National Health Assembly, Thailand

4.3. ECCE in Emergency and Post-Emergency Situations

Responding to the Needs of Young Children in Emergencies - Mr Pablo Andres Stanbery, Senior Director, Early Childhood Development, Save the Children Alliance, United States, & , Mrs Krishnakumar Palanisamy,  Save the Children ECCE Advisor, Sri-Lanka

Invisible Suffering and What to Do about It: The Impact of ECCE in Emergencies - Mr Michael Wessells, Child Protection Network, Colombia University, United States

From Conflict to Peace Building the Power of Early Childhood Care and Education in Northern Ireland - Ms Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer of Early Years, the Organization for Young Children, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Commission 5: Monitoring and Evaluation of ECCE at National and International Levels

5.1. Towards Developing a Holistic Child Development Index (HCDI)

Developing a Holistic Child Development Index - Ms Mmantsetsa Marope, Director Division of Basic Education, UNESCO, Paris ; Towards a Holistic Child Development Index (HCDI) - Rationale, Prospects and Challenges for Child Protection - Mr Oscar Picazo, Independent Consultant, Prominent Health Economist and Child Nutritionist, Philippines ;  Mr Luis Crouch, Vice President of Research Triangle Institute, United States

Plenary IV: Presentation of Conference Summary Report by the Conference General Rapporteur

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