Across different countries and contexts, diverse ECD programs are working to improve the lives of young children and their families. While these programs provide critical services, ensuring their quality can be challenging given a number of contributing factors.
There are useful research findings, tools, and stories of program experiences that can help programs to improve the quality of their work through addressing factors influencing quality. However, these have not been made accessible to those working in the field. These four Early Childhood strategies – Integrating Services for Young Children, Stimulating and Responsive Caregiving, Playful Learning, and Supporting Early Childhood Practitioners – attempt to bridge this gap.
These four strategies provide guidance to those managing ECD programs, especially those in developing countries that support children and families from birth to 6 years of age across a variety of settings, including the home, community, and ECD centers. Since “quality” means something different for each program depending on its environment, those who use this resource should keep in mind that the guidance and resources included in these four strategies should always be fitted to a specific context. While these four strategies represent important approaches that can help improve the quality of a program’s services, they are by no means comprehensive.