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Lessons in Educational EqualitySuccessful Approaches to Intractable Problems Around the World$
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Jody Heymann and Adele Cassola

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755011

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755011.001.0001

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Early Childhood Strategies for Closing the Socioeconomic Gap in School Outcomes

Early Childhood Strategies for Closing the Socioeconomic Gap in School Outcomes

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(p.247) 11 Early Childhood Strategies for Closing the Socioeconomic Gap in School Outcomes
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Lessons in Educational Equality
Author(s):

Clyde Hertzman

Lori Irwin

Arjumand Siddiqi

Emily Hertzman

Ziba Vaghri

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755011.003.0011

The early years are critical for learning, health and well-being throughout life. Quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs, and early child development programs more generally, can have a positive impact on children’s development and their long-term health and educational attainment. Conversely, socioeconomic inequalities in access to ECCE programs can result in lifelong disparities both inside and out of the classroom. This chapter explores how feasible and effective ECCE strategies can give children from all socioeconomic groups the chance to acquire a foundation for lifelong learning and development. It draws on evidence from assessments of developmental health in British Columbia, Canada, using the Early Development Instrument and includes examples of successful ECCE programs in high- and middle-income countries worldwide.

Keywords:   Early childhood education, early childhood care and education, early child development, socioeconomic equity, developmental health, Early Development Instrument

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