Starting Strong IV

Monitoring Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Research suggests that, when it comes to early childhood education and care, quality matters most. A growing number of countries are establishing monitoring systems to ensure quality and accountability in these programmes. This new publication explores how countries can develop and use these systems to enhance service and staff quality for the benefit of child development. It offers an international perspective and concrete examples to help policy makers, monitoring experts and practitioners in the field develop their own monitoring policies and practices.

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Early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems in participating jurisdictions

Across countries and jurisdictions, enrolment rates in early childhood education and care, especially for children under 3, are rising, and more attention is being paid to the quality and educational content of care. Meanwhile, a trend has emerged towards integrating services and ECEC governance across different age groups. The largest share of funding for the sector comes from public sources, and governance responsibilities are often shared between national, regional and local authorities. Countries and jurisdictions provide a mix of centre-based and home-based care, with great variations in settings across countries, with family day care in the homes of carers, in addition to kindergartens, crèches and preschools.

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