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Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Education

This Childwatch Key Institution is a network of researchers and practitioners focusing on building and coordinating knowledge resources related to early childhood care and development practice. Partners with major international agencies on issues related to policy development. The web site includes information on partners and online versions of the Coordinator's Notebook .

The Consultative Group on ECCD works actively to identify gaps, critical issues and emerging areas of need and interest related to ECCD for its work in awareness-raising, advocacy, and dissemination, and to seek out new partners. We believe it is critical to promote a more diverse and creative range of ECCD activities that link different sectors, are more inclusive, and better address children’s needs and circumstances in the context of the family and/or community.

 One key to the CG’s effectiveness has been the fact that Consortium members participate actively, and jointly take ownership of the knowledge that is generated through the “knowledge-networking” process. This knowledge influences how the member agencies programme, and also reaches decision-makers working within the Developing World as well as in North America and Western Europe. One example of strategic opportunities for and recognition of the CG consortium can be seen in the development of the EFA Global Monitoring Report focus on the first Goal of EFA for which substantive inputs by the CG have and will continue to be made. 

Contact Details:

CG Secretariat based at:
Ryerson University
Faculty of Community Services
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3 Canada
Tel: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4801 Fax: (416) 979-5384
Email: info [at]

Street Address
99 Gerrard Street East
Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health
Office: 5th floor, SHE 588
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1G8 Canada


Tags: ["early childhood", "development", "children's rights", "social marginalisation and exclusion"]
Published July 28, 2008 4:30 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 4:11 PM