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We need to improve the quality of preschool programs. And that starts with supporting teachers.

Preschool — often the first time that children interact with the education system — can be a powerful opportunity to support children’s growth and development at a critical stage in life. In Ukraine, the government has acted on a strong commitment to preschool education by providing families with affordable opportunities through its public system of education. However, like many other countries, the system struggles to keep pace with demand. In 2014, for example, 90,000 children were waiting for places in public preschools, with 15,000 in Kyiv alone. Additionally, more attention is needed to improve the quality of preschool programs. Read more >>

How can the early childhood workforce foster nurturing care?

This year’s World Health Assembly marked a turning point for young children around the world with the launch of the Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development Framework. The framework provides both a call to action for governments and other stakeholders to invest in early childhood development and an emerging roadmap for how to do so. Read more >>
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Teacher well-being is a critical and often overlooked part of school health

Relative to professionals in other sectors, educators experience significantly more stress and suffer more often from mental health problems. Failing to address the mental health needs of teachers (concurrent with our focus on student stress and trauma) may affect their ability to address critical needs among students. Read more >>
Teacher well-being is a critical and often overlooked part of school health

Analysis – Developing the early years workforce: what does the evidence tell us?

There is mounting evidence that high quality early years provision can have lasting positive effects, not only on the children who participate but on society overall. According to a recent study, children who attended high quality childcare with skilled and caring staff started school, on average, three months ahead in literacy and language, were 20 per cent more likely to do better on their GCSEs and earned more as adults than those from low-quality settings. Read more >>
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Four ways policymakers can support the early childhood workforce

Child care workers, preschool teachers, teacher assistants, social workers, community health workers, nurses — these are just a sampling of the many women and men who work with our youngest children to ensure their healthy development. Through their day to day work and interactions, these individuals have the opportunity to transform a child’s developmental trajectory, but often do not receive adequate pay, training, support, or incentives in order to maximize impact. Read more >>
Four ways policymakers can support the early childhood workforce