Early Childhood Development

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Regional Agenda for Early Childhood Development

Why Early Childhood Development?

The large gaps in well-being and development of children in their early years of life, especially among the most vulnerable households, are an extremely serious problem in Latin America. These gaps are at the core of the difficulties facing the region in generating sustainable and equitable development and limit the effectiveness of efforts to improve education and other investments in human development later in life.

Early childhood is the most important stage of development, as this period is especially crucial for physical, intellectual and social-emotional development. In fact, 90% of brain development occurs by age 5. Hence, the learning experiences that take place in the first years of life largely determine children’s future. However, many children living in poverty or vulnerable contexts do not receive the nourishment, care and stimulation they need to grow and develop to their fullest potential. These developmental and learning gaps are the core of ht

What is the Regional Agenda for Early Childhood Development?

In collaboration with other multilateral and civil society organizations, the Dialogue has created a regional community of practice to advocate for more effective early childhood development policies in the region.

Together, the group developed the Regional Agenda for Early Childhood Development. It is a policy declaration that aims to guide country’s efforts to strengthen their ECD policies as well as promote regional accountability for high-quality ECD policies and programs.

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The Regional Agenda was signed by 22 members of the public and private sectors, civil society and academia in a regional conference held in November, 2017 in Bogota, Colombia.

Our mission is to monitor progress towards the achievement of the Agenda’s goals in different countries, and use the Agenda to promote greater and better investments in ECD.

Read the Regional Agenda here.

What are the Agenda’s Goals?

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Related Events

September 2016, Lima, Peru: Measuring Early Childhood Development

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Related events

Forum on a Regional Agenda for Early Childhood Development

Bogotá, Colombia

November 2017

Leaders from the public and private sectors, academia and civil society came together in Bogotá to share experiences and lessons around early childhood development, and signed the Agenda Regional del Desarrollo Integral de la Primera Infancia. The Agenda seeks to guide countries in their efforts to strengthen early childhood development policies. Read more here

An Agenda for Early Child Development 

Sao Paolo, Brazil

September 24-25, 2015

Measuring Early Childhood Development

Lima, Peru

September 2016

Improving the Quality of ECD Services

Washington, DC

February 28 & March 1, 2017


Publications on Early Childhood Development  

Chile: Informe de Progreso de Políticas de Primera Infancia

Feb. 17, 2016 – The Early Years: A Call for Action – Ariel Fiszbein (Blog)Dec. 14, 2016 – Measuring Early Childhood Development in Latin America – A. Fiszbein, G. Guerrero & V. Rojas

October, 2015 – Agenda Regional para el Desarrollo en la Primera Infancia – C. Aulicino & G. Díaz Langou

September, 2015 – Políticas Públicas de Desarrollo Infantil en AL – C. Aulicino & G. Díaz Langou (Report)

Oct. 21, 2014 – Only High-Quality Early Education Programs Work – Ariel Fiszbein (Blog)

May 13, 2013 – U.S. Outlines Plan for Universal Early Education – PREAL (Blog)

Oct. 16, 2012 – Early Childhood Development for Human Capital Development – Eduardo Velez Bustillo (Blog)


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