Early Childhood Development: The Role of the State

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Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) is a professional network established to build strong partnerships in early childhood across sectors and different disciplines, organizations, agencies and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. ARNEC works in the fields of policy, advocacy, research and communication for the advancement of early childhood development in the region.

Better Care Network, The Network brings together organizations and individuals concerned about children without adequate family care. The Better Care Network facilitates active information exchange and collaboration on these issues, and advocates for technically sound policy and programmatic action on global, regional, and national levels.

Bernard Van Leer Foundation. The Bernard van Leer Foundation funds and shares knowledge about work in early childhood development and children's rights. The foundation was established in 1949 and is based in the Netherlands.

Childcare in a Changing World. In the second half of 2004, the CMK foundation for childcare together with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands organized a three-day conference on the socio-economic aspects of childcare. The position papers of this conference provide a summarized overview of ECCE services in the European countries.

Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training (DECET) brings together a network of European organizations and projects with common goals about valuing diversity in early childhood education and training. The network aims at promoting and studying democratic childcare, acknowledging the multiple (cultural and other) identities of children and families.

Early Childhood Consultative Group. The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CGECCD) is an inter-agency consortium with strong links to regional networks and a track record of advocacy, knowledge generation and dissemination at an international level.

Eurochild is an active network of organizations and individuals working in and across Europe to improve the quality of life of children and young people. Eurochild's work is underpinned by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

European Union. The European Union recognizes the importance of the early years of life; referring to it as 'a window of opportunity in which the basis for all later learning processes are laid'. The EUs 'childcare' policies form an integral part of its strategy for growth and jobs and aim to help young parents - and in particular women - into work. As such a range of the Eus policies, programmes and initiatives aim to affect the lives of young children and their parents in a positive manner.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies. Several of its activities focus on the lives of young children and their families.

Starting Strong Network. The Network has received a mandate from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Education Policy Committee to assist member countries to develop effective and efficient policies for early childhood care and education.

World Bank, Early Childhood Development. This site is a knowledge source designed to assist policymakers, programme managers and practitioners in their efforts to promote the healthy growth and integral development of young children.

World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) is an international, non-governmental and non-profit organization concerned with all aspects of early childhood education and care.

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