4 Tools to Protect and Enhance Investment in Early Childhood Development and Education

May 10, 2021 – The Annual Meeting of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES) took place virtually from April 25-May 2. The Center for Universal Education at Brookings, the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN), UNICEF, and World Bank presented together on how to support countries to equitably and efficiently invest in early childhood development, including early childhood education, through various complementary resources and tools.

While multi-sectoral interventions for young children and parents are essential for providing comprehensive opportunities for ECD, these interventions can be difficult to plan, estimate costs, and monitor, as they cover a wide range of services, sectors, and government agencies. Understanding the financial costs and socioeconomic benefits of these services is essential to protect and promote ECD financing as countries grapple with the fiscal crisis wrought by the pandemic. The guidance documents and tools presented in the CIES session are described in a blog article to demonstrate how the ECD community has worked together to provide concrete solutions to the many pressing ECD and ECE challenges.