Early childhood and schools

Starting Strong III: A Quality Toolbox for ECEC – Designing and implementing curriculum and standards


If you are looking to enhance quality in ECEC through the design and implementation of curriculum or standards, here are some key actions you can consider and the tools to help you!


Using research to inform policy and the public

Tools to help brief policymakers, stakeholders or the media on what the research shows


Research brief


Broadening perspectives through international comparison

Tools to help compare your country’s practices with others

International comparison

Curriculum frameworks
and content
(.pdf)     (.xls)

Selecting a strategy option

Tools to help assess current strategies and identify possible alternatives strategies

Summary of strategies for designing and implementing curriculum

Country examples

Challenge 1: Defining goals and content
Challenge 2: Curriculum alignment for continuous child development
Challenge 3: Dissemination and communication about the framework
Challenge 4: Effective implementation
Challenge 5: Systematic evaluation and assessment

Managing risks: learning from other countries’ policy experiences

A quick read about challenges and risks to consider when implementing policy initiatives

Lessons learned from designing and implementing curriculum and standards

Reflecting on the current state of play

A tool to facilitate reflection on where your country stands in comparison with other country practices

Lessons learnt from designing and implementing curriculum and standards 

For examples of curriculum frameworks, standards and guidelines from various countries, click here.


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