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Early Childhood Care and Development (ECD) – an innoculation against poverty or a daycare refuge for the very poor?

Briefing/policy papers

Early Childhood Development Programmes are often seen as a cost-effective 'innoculation' against poverty. This briefing suggests that there is little evidence to support this, even in well-resourced programmes. Indeed, the under-resourcing of many ECD programmes in poor countries means that, for the foreseeable future, their greatest contribution may be in providing a safe place for children while parents work and consistent care for particularly vulnerable children.

Frances Hill with Caroline Harper & Rachel Marcus