Start Strong: Why ECCE

Published date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

High quality early care and education works:

For children

First and foremost, quality care and education in the early years helps children to flourish and make the most of their lives. There is a large body of evidence that demonstrates the long-term beneficial effect of quality care and education for young children’s development.

For the economy

A strong economy depends on people’s skills, creativity, motivation and knowledge. Investment in young children has high economic and social returns, because its impact on people’s skills and dispositions lasts a lifetime.

For society

Quality care and education for young children helps make society fairer and more equitable through reducing social and economic disadvantage and strengthening equality.

Catriona Graham