World Vision International
publication • Friday, March 3rd 2017

Learning Roots

Early Childhood Development (Ages 3-6)

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Preparing young children for transition to school

World Vision’s aspiration for all children is for them to be “Educated for Life,” from birth all the way through and beyond adolescence. This life-cycle approach at the heart of World Vision’s education strategy enhances learning outcomes by integrating physical, mental, social and emotional support across each phase of a child’s development—especially for the most vulnerable.

The earliest years of a child’s life are a window of opportunity to support the emergence of literacy, numeracy and life skills that will form the foundation for a lifetime of learning and fulfilment. Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes are powerful equalizers for children who live in resource-poor settings, and they play an important role in breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

However, access to pre-primary learning opportunities is very low in many places, with only 17 per cent of children in low-income countries enrolled, and such programmes are markedly underfunded compared with higher education.

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