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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Improve early education and care to help more children get ahead and boost social mobility

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Research reports & papers
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2017
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This new OECD report finds that countries should step up their efforts to provide affordable and high-quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) to improve social mobility and give all children the chance to fulfil their potential. Every child benefits from high-quality ECEC. Evidence reveals that in almost all OECD countries, 15-year-olds who had access to ECEC outperformed students who had not. Disadvantaged children benefit the most and targeting them would generate the highest returns, says the report. “Giving all children access to high-quality early education and care will lay the foundations for future skill development, boost social mobility and support inclusive growth,” said Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa, launching the report in Mexico. Spending on ECEC accounts for an average of 0.8% of GDP across OECD countries, with 80% or more coming from public sources.