Title: Early child development in the European Region: needs, trends and policy development
Author: Velea R., Tamburlini G.
Publisher: ISIG, WHO Europe
Abstract: This is a review of Early Child Development (ECD) status and policies in five selected countries: Armenia, England, Italy, Kazakhstan and Republic of Moldova. Specific objectives of the review are: a) to describe, based on key indicators, the spectrum of current issues regarding the main ECD dimensions and determinants; b) to provide an overview of the current policies and programmes having impact on ECD; c) to provide an overview of internal and external positive and negative factors affecting the development of ECD‐related policies; d) to Identify key actions to promote ECD with particular emphasis on the role of the health sector.
The country selection was meant to provide insight into countries that belong to different areas of the WHO European Region.
Although there have been some limitations in the overview, mainly due to incomplete or non homogeneous data, the findings provide some clear analytical and programmatic indications.