This Young Lives impact case study details the role of early child development (ECD) in informing policy and making it a priority. For related impact stories, please follow us on Twitter @yloxford with #YLLearnings.
- Good quality early childhood development (ECD), including pre-school education is now widely recognised as a vital tool for transforming young lives.
- Despite differences in provision between countries, Young Lives research shows that attending pre-school has a significant and long-lasting positive effect on children’ self-esteem, pride and educational aspirations. Children who attend pre-school education perform better in numeracy tests in all countries at all ages.
- In Ethiopia, Young Lives has informed and advised on the roll-out of O-Class (zero grade) before the start of primary school, providing evidence regarding both supply and demand side constraints on quality ECD.
- In Peru, Young Lives research helped to strengthen the focus on early learning in government programmes for preschool children.
- Young Lives was commissioned by the World Bank to use data across all four countries to examine how pre-school experience affected children’ later development. The World Bank commissioned Young Lives in part because it now provides a uniquely long time window to understand the later consequences of early circumstances. This analysis will be published in a forthcoming World Bank report.