GPE 2020, the partnership's strategic plan for 2016-2020, commits to improving the quality and supply of ECCE, especially for the most vulnerable children. Within the GPE results framework, two indicators highlight the impact GPE seeks to achieve:
- Indicator 2: More children under age 5 developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial wellbeing
- Indicator 6: Increased pre-primary enrollment.
More specifically GPE:
Supports ECCE sector planning, analysis, and exchange of good practice: One of the considerations for endorsing an education sector plan by development partners is that the plan includes an ECCE component.
GPE has also designed a roadmap to support the mainstreaming of an ECCE component into education sector plans by developing guidelines together with the UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning and companion guidelines on education sector analysis jointly with UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank.
In addition, GPE supports partners to share knowledge and evidence-based practices to overcome ECCE challenges through technical workshops, peer-learning events and conferences.
- Mobilizes and delivers domestic and international financial resources: Through its grants, GPE supports improved financing to ECCE in partner developing countries and promotes domestic and international investments in ECCE across the partnership. ECCE components in GPE grants range from US$1 million to more than US$20 million.
- Expands ECCE enrollment: GPE supports partner developing countries' initiatives to launch new laws, policies, public awareness campaigns and financial incentives to increase the number of children in pre-primary education.
- Promotes quality learning in ECCE: GPE supports quality ECCE programs including system level investments in management and planning; policy guidelines and service standards; training pre-primary teachers and facilitators; building and rehabilitating classrooms; establishing early learning assessment systems; distributing learning materials; and supporting parent education and community-based early learning programs.
- Supports ECCE in countries affected by fragility and conflict: GPE prioritizes helping children whose learning has been compromised because of fragility and conflict and aims to ensure practical solutions in these settings.
Investing in quality ECCE is essential to achieve GPE's goals of improving learning outcomes, promoting equity and inclusion and enhancing the efficiency of education systems.
GPE is committed to do more to help developing country partners to improve access, quality and learning outcomes in the early years. Through the Better early learning and development at scale (BELDS), a new initiative, GPE will build knowledge and foster good practice exchange on how to strengthen ECCE within national education systems.