Early Childhood Education and Care – an Investment in the Future

Report of a Nordic Working Group on the Economic Significance of Qualitative ECEC


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The report presents results from a Nordic working group under the Nordic senior official´s committee on education and research. The working group was tasked to examine area of early childhood education and care (ECEC) and to compile evidence of qualitative ECEC´s economic significance and even the broader social impact and proof of the return on investment from it. The knowledge gathered indicates that ECEC professionals play a key role in assuring quality in ECEC. During a time of challenging public finances coupled with changes in the operational environment, many Nordic countries now face challenges in recruiting and retaining ECEC professionals. Research also demonstrates the clear benefits of qualitative ECEC to language and socio-emotional skills development. Participation in ECEC also has positive implications for the welfare and income of families and parents.
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