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Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education: Looking Internally, Connecting Externally

Lucy Recio, NAEYC, 
Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education: Looking Internally, Connecting Externally

“Across all roles and settings, advancing equity requires a dedication to self-reflection, a willingness to respectfully listen to others’ perspectives without interruption or defensiveness, and a commitment to continuous learning to improve practice.”Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education, NAEYC

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Ensuring All Children THRIVE: Early Childhood Development in Conflict and Crisis Settings

Anissa Molloy, 
Ensuring All Children THRIVE: Early Childhood Development in Conflict and Crisis Settings

The Ensuring All Children THRIVE: Early Childhood Development in Conflict and Crisis Settings took place on November 19, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 

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Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years

Anissa Molloy, 
Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years

Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years Report Summary by Light for the World, Open Society Foundations, International Disability and Development Consortium, Early Childhood Development Action Network, Global Campaign for Education, and Global Campaign for Education-US.

The report begins by highlighting the Sustainable Development Goals where inclusive early childhood education is at the root. Key findings and policy recommendations reflected on funding are discussed globally and with a specific focus on Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Quality Education Requires More than Math and Reading

Heidi Gibson, Director of Global Schools First, CEI, 
Quality Education Requires More than Math and Reading

For years, childhood education professionals have advocated for early access to early childhood development (ECD) programs as a means of leveling the playing field between better-resourced, more affluent students and more marginalized and vulnerable students. Focusing on early literacy and numeracy skills during the pre-primary and primary years can be a useful way to address achievement gaps. However, ECD programs often feel pressured to spend the bulk of their time on specific literacy and numeracy competencies, ignoring some of the “soft skills” that are critical to development in the early years. These skills, including social-emotional learning and global citizenship competencies, not only increase students’ success in school, but also help prepare them for their future as adults.

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A No Brainer: Advocating for Early Childhood Education

Rachel Wisthuff, Assistant Director, OPPA, UNICEF USA, 
A No Brainer: Advocating for Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education (ECE) or pre-primary education is one of the smartest investments countries around the world can make. As a core component of early childhood development in concert with nutrition and protective, loving care, early learning is critical to a child’s first 1,000 days when their brains are developing more rapidly than at any other time in life.

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Civil Society at the Work Bank: Investing in Disability Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Katie Loos, GCE-US, 
Civil Society at the Work Bank: Investing in Disability Inclusive Early Childhood Education

On Thursday, April 11th during the World Bank Civil Society Meetings the Global Campaign for Education-US moderated a panel on the Importance of Investing in Disability Inclusion Early Childhood Education with representatives from the Bank Information Center, Light for the World, Open Society Foundations, and the World Bank.

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Advocacy Gains Momentum: Global Citizenship Education for the Early Years

Adrienne Henck, ACEI, 

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) community has long understood the importance of the early years in developing the foundational skills and attitudes necessary for children to become engaged, global citizens. It is during the period from birth to age eight that children discover who they are, start to explore their own identity, and begin to appreciate the unique identities of others. By learning to be together and work together, they form the building blocks for global citizenship including fairness, empathy, tolerance, and responsibility. As children's perspectives expand to encompass their school, community, nation, and the world, they take the first steps toward adopting the mindset of a global citizen—one who recognizes that in an increasingly interconnected world, we all must learn to respect one another, work together to address shared human challenges, and take action to create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future for all.

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Breaking Barriers in Early Childhood Education One Country at a Time: #GlobalNAEYC

After two flights and 20 hours in the air, leaders from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The immediate sight of palm trees and the sensation of a post-sandstorm breeze made it clear that we were a long way from home. But once we met our Saudi counterparts, it was evident that we were among fellow trailblazers in early childhood education who shared our dedication to the young children we serve. 

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USAID’s Inclusive Education Work for Children with Disabilities

Drew McDonagh - Hess Fellow, 
USAID’s Inclusive Education Work for Children with Disabilities

A webinar hosted by USAID and The Global Reading Network on June 7, 2017 explained important work being done on inclusive education for children with disabilities in developing countries. It discussed USAID's disability and non-discrimination policies and the "All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development" program, which funds projects that use technology and science to improve literacy skills in early grade learners in developing countries . 

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