Starting Strong II: Early Childhood Education and Care (OECD, 2006)
Improving the quality of and access to early childhood education and care (ECEC) has become a major policy priority in OECD member countries. Starting Strong II outlines the progress made by the participating countries in responding to the key aspects of successful ECEC policy outlined in the previous volume, Starting Strong (OECD, 2001). It offers many examples of new policy initiatives adopted in the ECEC field. In their conclusion, the authors identify ten policy areas for further critical attention from governments. The book also presents country profiles, which give an overview of ECEC systems in all 20 participating countries. This book is relevant for the many concerned by child development, work/family balance and early childhood education and care policy.
Starting Strong (OECD, 2001) and Executive Summaries
Starting Strong is a comparative analysis of major policy developments and issues in twelve OECD countries from 1997 to 1999. It highlights innovative approaches, and proposes policy options with regard to social context, access and quality that can be adapted to varied country circumstances. Looking towards the future, the report proposes eight key elements of successful policy for decision makers seeing to promote equitable access to quality early childhood education and care.
A page-by-page PDF file of Starting Strong can be viewed, and copies can be purchased from the OECD on-line bookstore. Copies of the book are also available from the OECD Bookstore in French “Petite enfance, grands défis: éducation et structures d'accueil”. Summaries of Starting Strong in English , French and Spanish are available for free consultation and downloading.
Country Profiles from Starting Strong
Country Profiles dating from 2004 are available on-line.
Currently, Background Reports from eighteen countries are available: Australia, Austria, Belgium (two reports), Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.
The OECD has issued Country Notes for 20 countries (two Notes for Belgium).
For a brief description of these papers, please consult the page: Thematic Workshops and Documents
Paper from the Stockholm workshop, June 2003 - Five Curriculum Outlines by Professor Helen May (Te Whariki); Professor Ferre Laevers (Experiential Education); Professor Ingrid Pramling (the Swedish Curriculum); Dr. Carlina Rinaldi (Reggio Emilia); and Dr. David Weikart (High/Scope).
Paper from the Rotterdam workshop, January 2003 – Financing ECEC Services in OECD Countries by Professors Gordon Cleveland and Mike Krashinsky, University of Toronto, Canada.
Paper from the Paris workshop, October 2002 - Data Needs in Early Childhood Education and Care by Dr John Bennett, OECD, Paris.
Paper from the Oslo workshop, June 2002 - Early childhood education and care for children from low-income or minority backgrounds by Dr. Paul Leseman, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Paper from the international OECD conference Lifelong Learning as an Affordable Investment 6-8 December 2000, Ottawa, Canada - Early Childhood Education and Care Policy in Sweden by Barbara Martin Korpi, Deputy Director, Ministry of Education and Science, Stockholm, Sweden
Paper from the OECD Meeting – Ottawa, December 7, 2000 - Early Child Development: The Base for a Learning Society by J. F. Mustard – HRDC
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