The Evidence Base on Early Childhood Care and Education in Global Contexts
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Over the past 15 years, research on early childhood care and education (ECCE) has both expanded and deepened our understanding of this critical period in life and learning. Substantial advances have been made in research on the development of the brain, the importance of early relationships and experience, and the effects of ECCE programs and policies on children’s developmental potential. The current evidence base has become extensive in low and middle income countries, with growingattention to issues of quality improvement, implementation and scale. This review synthesizes the global evidence on ECCE with discussion of future directions for research, policy and practice.