Early childhood care and education (ECCE) is one of the best investments a country can make to prepare children for learning and allow them to thrive later in life.
Worldwide, there are still more than 175 million children who are not enrolled in pre-primary education, including more than 80% of children in low-income countries.
Children who benefit from quality early childhood education programs are better prepared for primary school and will reach better education outcomes. Quality ECCE also helps reduce repetition and drop-out rates. Positive outcomes are even more pronounced among children from vulnerable groups.
In the past decade, all regions of the world have increased enrollments in pre-primary education but too many children are still left out.
GPE 2020, the partnership's roadmap for 2016-2020, commits all GPE partners to improving the quality and supply of ECCE services, especially for the most vulnerable children. Within the GPE results framework, two indicators highlight the impact GPE seeks to achieve in ECCE.