OECD to launch first international report comparing early childhood education and care – Wednesday 21 June 2017


14/06/2017 - Early childhood education and care (ECEC) provides a crucial foundation for future learning by fostering the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills that are important for success later in life. A new OECD report, Starting Strong 2017: Key OECD indicators on early childhood education and care, presents an overview of ECEC systems and provision, as well as trend data and information on recent reforms in OECD countries. Issues covered include access and governance, equity, financing, curriculum, the teaching workforce and parent engagement.


The report will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time/CEST (09.00 a.m. GMT) on Wednesday 21 June 2017.



On Tuesday 20 June, news conferences will be held under embargo in:


London: (embargoed) with Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, at 10.00 a.m. local time, hosted by the Education Policy Institute at Bishop Partridge Hall, Church House, Deans Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ. To register contact


Paris: (embargoed) with Eric Charbonnier, OECD education analyst and lead author of the report, at 11.00 a.m. local time at the OECD. To register, contact     


Mexico: (embargoed) with Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa, at 17.30 p.m. local time at the Hotel Westin Santa Fe, Av. Javier Barros Sierra 540, Santa Fe. To register, contact



Requests to receive advance copies of the report, together with an accompanying report, under embargo, ahead of release time should be sent by e-mail to Journalists requesting an electronic version in advance of the release time agree to respect OECD embargo conditions.


For further information please contact Spencer Wilson at the OECD Media Office (+ 33 1 4524 8118).



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