The OECD conducts analysis and develops new data in early childhood education and care (ECEC) to provide
valid, timely and comparable international information to help support countries review
and redesign policies to improve their early childhood services and systems.
To date, five reports have been issued from these reviews:
Starting Strong V (2017)
Starting Strong IV (2015)
Starting Strong III (2011)
Starting Strong II (2006)
Starting Strong I ( 2001)
The OECD has consolidated a rich bank of data containing country-specific ECEC information.Country information
International Data Development
This report by OECD Director Andreas Schleicher discusses policies and practices that shape quality and equity in early childhood education and care. It examines how the work environment, including the educational background of staff, and the policies that shape teaching approaches affect the quality of the education provided to our youngest learners. The book concludes with an overview of current thinking about how young children use, and are affected by, information and communication technologies (ICT).
Engaging Young Children - Lessons from Research about Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care
Curriculum alignment and progression between early childhood education and care and primary school: A brief review and
Structural characteristics and process quality in early childhood education and care: A literature review
OECD ECEC Network
The Network upholds the mandate of the Education Policy Committee to assist countries to develop effective and efficient policies for education and learning to meet individual, social, cultural and economic objectives.
Related OECD Work
Education at a Glance includes a chapter on Early Childhood Education and Care that
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international survey which aims to evaluate education systems by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. PISA 2015 findings show that an investment in early education pays dividends in student’s performance at age 15.
Education GPS is the OECD source with the latest internationally comparable data on education policies and outcomes.
The OECD Child Well-Being Portal is a platform for conducting policy-oriented research on children, enhancing child well-being and promoting equal opportunities among children.
21st Century Children looks at the nature of modern childhood and the ways in which schools and communities can work together to protect and guide children while still allowing them the flexibility to make their own mistakes.
The Future of Education and Skills 2030 project aims to help countries find answers to what knowledge, skills, attitudes and values are needed for today's students to thrive and shape their world, as well as how instructional systems can effectively develop them.