World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education
The overarching goals of the WCECCE are to: 1) Reaffirm ECCE as a right of all children and as the basis for development; 2) Take stock of the progress of Member States towards achieving the EFA Goal 1; 3) Identify binding constraints toward making the intended equitable expansion of access to quality ECCE services; 4) Establish, more concretely, benchmarks and targets for the EFA Goal 1 toward 2015 and beyond 5) Identify key enablers that should facilitate Member States to reach the established targets; 6) Promote global exchange of good practices.
Early childhood is a critical period. Children are most vulnerable and most dependent then on relationships for survival, emotional security and cognitive development. Yet large proportions of the world’s children are denied access to the benefits of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), which in turn limits the development potential of countries and regions.
Wealth should not be defined as material gain alone. It should also take account of whether countries are able to nurture their human capital with values important in a globalized world: tolerance, a sense of justice and cooperation, respect for diversity and for the environment. The first World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education addresses the importance of starting early