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ERIC Number: ED485589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Getting an Early Start on Early Child Development. Education Notes. 30194
Young, Mary Eming; Dunkelberg, Erika
Human Development Network Education
The children born this year--2004--will be eleven years old in 2015--the age of primary school completion in most countries. This is the MDG (Millennium Development Goal) generation--for whom the international community has pledged that by 2015, all children will be able to complete primary schooling. Ensuring good early child development is the first essential step toward achieving these goals. The early development of these children will determine, to a large extent, whether they succeed in school and later in life. Investments before a child enters school (as compared with remedial programs) have high payoff. Well-targeted ECD programs cost less--and produce more dramatic and lasting results--than education investments at any other level. Early child development and education have positive effects on achievement, grade retention, special education, and high school graduation and socialization. These positive effects can change the development trajectory of children born into poverty. In developing countries, the barriers to success in school and society include malnutrition, ill health, HIV/AIDS, and war. This note series is intended to summarize lessons learned and key policy findings on the World Bank's work in education.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.