CG Publications

Early Childhood Development on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
A response to the report of the High-Level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development

The global early childhood development (ECD) community proposes a global goal and urgent call to action to ensure that all children under the age of 5 reach their developmental potential through access to quality ECD programs and policies. In addition, it calls for increased investment in and attention to the early primary grades (1 to 3) as key to ensuring and improving learning outcomes and efficiency at every level of the education system.

The Importance of Early Childhood Development to Education
Prepared for the Global Meeting of the Thematic Consultation on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Dakar, March 18-19, 2013

Current and future global development goals, including education goals, will only be met with attention to the overall development of young children (0-8 years).

This must be within the context of a human development and rights-based framework that promotes equitable and sustainable development and is implemented in partnership with multiple sectors and multiple partners.

Appeal to the Member States of the United Nations
Early Childhood Development: The Foundation of Sustainable Human Development for 2015 and Beyond

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an essential component of the new global development framework. Without the best start in life for all children, there is no foundation for sustainable societies. Young children have the right beyond survival to thrive and contribute to sustainable communities and the workforce.

Over one-third of the world’s children under 5 years fail to develop to their full potential due to poverty, poor health including HIV/AIDS and malnutrition, high levels of family and environmental stress and exposure to violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation, disability, developmental delays and lack of learning opportunities. This has serious human, social and economic consequences for our societies and our goal to achieve prosperity, inclusive social and economic development and sustainability.