Rights from the Start: Early Childhood Care and Education

Rights from the Start: Early Childhood Care and Education

Everywhere in the world, parents want the best for their children.  We are all becoming more educated to the fact that early childhood education is so important to a child’s future.

Here is what the website Campaign for Education has to say:

Every child has the right to education, and these rights start from birth.

Every year, over 200 million children under the age of five in low- and middle-income countries will not attain their development potential due to poverty, nutritional deficiencies and inadequate care and learning opportunities. Most of these children live in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Due to this poor start in life, if they get the chance to go to school, they are likely to underachieve. Subsequently, they will perpetuate the cycle of poverty, with low income jobs as adults, likely to have children themselves at a very early age, and provide poor health care, nutrition and stimulation to another generation. 

By ignoring the right to education, millions more children will be condemned to the same fate.

The Global Campaign for Education is calling on world leaders to keep their promises and ensure early childhood care and education for every child – right from the start.

Take a few minutes and watch their video:

Getting the straight goods on kids and crime

Recently, the Early Years Committee hosted a presentation on the economics of Kids and Crime. Dave Park, noted Economist, provides a convincing argument for early intervention. Overall, the earlier the investment in a child’s life, the greater the economic and social return. For every dollar spent on a pre-school child the benefit is three times that of a dollar spent on a school-aged child (and eight times that of Adult programs).

Read the rest of the article here Getting the straight goods on kids and crime