Directorate for Education and Skills

Starting Strong 2017

Key OECD Indicators on Early Childhood Education and Care

Published on June 21, 2017

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Early childhood education and care (ECEC) can help lay the foundations for future skills development, well-being and learning. Having timely, reliable and comparable international information is essential to help countries improve their ECEC services and systems. For over 15 years, the OECD has been conducting policy analysis and gathering new data on ECEC. For the first time, this report brings together all the key ECEC indicators in one volume. It presents an exhaustive overview of ECEC systems and provision as well as trend data and information on recent reforms. The report takes a hard look at issues such as access and governance, equity, financing, curriculum, the teaching workforce and parent engagement. Key challenges for improving the ECEC sector are identified.
With around 45 charts and data for the 35 OECD countries and a number of partner countries, the publication also includes a great deal of new material. It offers new data on ECEC provision and intensity of participation for children under the age of three (based on an improved typology of settings). It also presents new indicators on the profile of ECEC staff (e.g. level of qualification, teacher salary and organisation of working time) and on equity in access to ECEC. New PISA 2015 analyses help highlight the relationship between the number of years of ECEC and academic performance at age 15, and the effects of ECEC attendance on health and well-being, and mothers’ employability.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword and acknowledgements
Executive summary
Overview: Why we need indicators on early childhood education and care
Contextual factors influencing policies on early childhood education and care
Policy inputs into early childhood education and care: Financing, profile of teachers and working conditions
Policy outputs of early childhood education and care: Access, participation intensity and curriculum frameworks
Policy outcomes of early childhood education and care: Performance at age 15, impact for disadvantaged children, effect on health and well-being, and mother employability
Annexes2 chapters available
Glossary of terms
List of contributors
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