Early Childhood Strategies for Closing the Socioeconomic Gap in School Outcomes

Clyde Hertzman, Lori Irwin, Arjumand Siddiqi, Emily Hertzman, Ziba Vaghri

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The early years are critical for learning, health and well-being throughout life. Quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs, and early child development programs more generally, can have a positive impact on children's development and their long-term health and educational attainment. Conversely, socioeconomic inequalities in access to ECCE programs can result in lifelong disparities both inside and out of the classroom. This chapter explores how feasible and effective ECCE strategies can give children from all socioeconomic groups the chance to acquire a foundation for lifelong learning and development. It draws on evidence from assessments of developmental health in British Columbia, Canada, using the Early Development Instrument and includes examples of successful ECCE programs in high-and middle-income countries worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLessons in Educational Equality
Subtitle of host publicationSuccessful Approaches to Intractable Problems Around the World
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199918867
ISBN (Print)9780199755011
StatePublished - May 24 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Developmental health
  • Early child development
  • Early childhood care and education
  • Early childhood education
  • Early development instrument
  • Socioeconomic equity


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