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Title: Why Invest in Early Childhood Care and Development?

Why Invest in Early Childhood Care and
  • Fraser Mustard, a physician and world
  • renowned advocate for ECD outlines reasons why
    investing in the early years is so critical.
  • Video investing in ECD

Population Health
  • What is population health?
  • Video Clyde Hertzman
  • The long reach of early childhood
  • Video British Birth Cohort Study

  • We now know, based on evidence from neuroscience,
    genetics, population studies and more, that early
    childhood is considered to be the most important
    developmental phase in the human lifespan.
  • WHO, 2007

  • What happens in the early years strongly
    influences how healthy, how literate, how well
    adjusted and how functional we are throughout our

Foundation for the future
  • ECD improves the health and well-being of
    young children contributing to more literate and
    healthy populations, better prepared to grapple
    with the complex issues of todays world.

  • There is plentiful worldwide evidence that the
    most disadvantaged children whether because of
    poverty, ethnicity, gender, rural isolation, or
    disability experience the most dramatic gains
    from ECD programs.
  • Those who need it most get the most out of it but
    children who are most vulnerable, those most
    exposed to malnutrition and preventable diseases,
    are least likely to be enrolled in any kind of
    ECD program.
  • Global Monitoring Report 2007

  • Mildred Warner,
  • economist, describes
  • the economic and
  • social value of
  • investing in early child
  • development programs.
  • Video rationale for investment

Source Cunha, F., et al. (2005). Interpreting
the evidence of life-cycle skill formation
Discussion Paper Series, Report No. 1575). Bonn,
Germany Institute of the Study of Labour.
Challenges Optimal vs. Actual
Investment Example of the U.S
Optimal Investment Levels
Source P. Carneiro J. Heckman, Human Capital
Policy, NBER, 2003 Voices for America and the
Child and Family Policy Center, Early Learning
Left Out An Examination of Public Investment in
Education and Development by Child Age, 2004.
Source Cooke, M., Keating, D., McColm, M
(n.d.) Early Learning and Care in the City A new
blueprint for Ontario.
  • Mildred Warner, compares the ideas of
    investments versus expenditures in ECD
  • Video investment versus expenditure

Cost effective
  • It is more cost-effective to invest in the early
    years than to compensate for disadvantage as
    children grow older.

High returns
  • Investment in ECD yields high economic and social
    returns, offsetting disadvantage and inequality,
    especially for children from poor families.

Voices for early childhood care and development
  • .

  • Increasingly leaders, thinkers, policy-makers
    from many different backgrounds understand the
    vital importance of investing in programs that
    support families and young children

Nelson Mandela
  • Children are the rock on which our future
    will be built - the leaders of our country for
    good or ill which is why the rich potential in
    each child must be developed into the skills and
    knowledge that our society needs to enable it to

Stephen Lewis
  • Everybody now understands, I thinkthat early
    learning and child care fused together is the
    kind of objective which any civilized society
    strives for, and that it becomes an indispensable
    and vital dimension of a childs life, enhancing
    all of the family characteristics which shore up
    the child, but profoundly influencing in the most
    positive imaginable way the opportunities for the

James Heckman
  • As a society, we cannot afford to postpone
    investing in children until they become adults,
    nor can we wait until they reach school age a
    time when it may be too late to intervene

Charlie Coffey
  • The development of human capital at an early age
    is central to a thriving economy. Its simply a
    smarter path to take.
  • Executive Vice-President, Royal Bank of Canada.

  • What effective strategies have you found to
    advocate for ECD in your region?
  • Who might be effective partners for this advocacy
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