Quality early childhood education maximizes a country's long-term prosperity

|Source: Media Planet|
Children at the Guardabarranco School in Acoyapa, Nicaragua. Credit: GPE/Carolina Valenzuela

Alice Albright, CEO of GPE, argues that making early childhood care and education available to all children is no longer an option, because it is critical to a country’s economic and human development. Even amidst conflict and humanitarian crisis, humanitarian responses must commit resources to helping governments and international groups deliver early childhood education programs. Having recognized the potential multiplier effect of quality early childhood education, the UN and a growing number of developing countries are intensifying efforts to bring quality programs to more children, a progress that must continue.

While great emphasis must be put on training teachers, effective early learning also happens in the home, thus parents and caregivers must also be provided with culturally appropriate materials in their local language to expose their children early to learning.

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