The concept for ARNEC emerged from the Joint UNICEF-UNESCO Early Childhood Policy Review Project (2006-08) where participants from nine countries (Pakistan, Nepal, Mongolia, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lao PDR and Singapore) met to discuss the possibilities of forming a regional early childhood professional network that would cross all disciplines and sectors. During the policy review, countries found that relevant policies were uncoordinated and fragmented and where there were gaps in policy, gaps in implementation followed. The primary goal of this network would be to share knowledge of effective policies and practices related to early childhood for the benefit of all countries in the region.

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