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ERIC Number: ED417858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 16
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From Belize to Barbados: Affording Children Their Rights from Birth.
Williams, Sian
This paper summarizes recommendations from and actions taken as a result of the 1996 Caribbean Conference on the Rights of the Child. It also presents the tasks for the Second Conference on Early Childhood Education in the Caribbean related to supporting Caribbean early childhood initiatives. Section 1 of the paper considers whether participating countries have the necessary legislation and planning capacity for early childhood initiatives, and notes the importance of taking a collaborative approach, defining responsibilities of parents and governments, providing national standards and guidelines, and developing planning capacity for early childhood education and development (ECED). Section 2 discusses main considerations in proposing legislation and planning in ECED, including considering a regional approach to mitigate the expense involved, making legislative links with other laws affecting young children or affecting the social and economic climate, developing planning capacity for very young children, and planning for social and economic supports. Section 3 describes current ECED provisions in Caribbean nations, notes the importance of grounding ECED services in local cultures, and creating a climate to promote ECED. Section 4 considers the issues in promoting ECED services, including supporting and raising consciousness about ECED in new parents, starting ECED intervention in the first year of life for a maximum benefit to the child, sustaining ECED supports to children and families before preschool, and prioritizing quality improvements in preschool services. Section 5 examines how ECED is currently being supported and sustained in the Caribbean, including using an integrated approach, designating budgets and planning ECED investment, and monitoring, evaluating, and training for ECED quality. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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