February 13, 2016

Why governments should pay attention to early childhood education

Written by By Roja Heydarpour @rojarojaroja19, Devex

A teacher leads an early childhood class in Kenya. Advances in neuroscience and cutting-edge social science research are showing that preschool programs could possibly lead to more peaceful societies. Photo by: Michael Khateli / RTI International

Photo by: Michael Khateli / RTI International

While governments and international organizations focus on peace building and alleviating poverty around the globe, a small but influential group of experts is focusing its attention on what some call “very early intervention.”

Cultures around the globe approach early childhood development in varied ways, but there are common approaches that translate from country to country. Children from diverse cultures have much in common developmentally. While early childhood development experts have long known this to be true, the fields of neuroscience and economics are finally catching up, giving them more leverage to work on programs focused on the education of pre-primary school students.

Devex spoke to Katherine A. Merseth, early childhood development team leader at RTI International, who said the return on investment data show that focusing resources on supporting young children is a “no-brainer.” Read full post.