Starting Well is an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research programme, commissioned by the Lien Foundation, which ranks the preschool environments in 45 countries. The EIU’s editorial team built the Starting Well Index, conducted the analysis and wrote the report. The findings and views expressed in this report are those of the EIU alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.
During construction of the Index and research for this white paper the EIU interviewed a number of experts from across the world—including early childcare experts, academics, NGOs, preschool practitioners, and policy specialists—who are listed in the report. We would like to thank them all for their time.
For their time and advice throughout this project, we would like to extend our special thanks to Professor Sharon Kagan at Columbia University in the US and Professor Christine Pascal at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood in the UK.
James Watson was the author of the report and Sudhir Vadaketh was the editor. Kim Thomas assisted with research, interviews and case studies. The Index was devised and constructed by an EIU research team led by Trisha Suresh and Manoj Vohra.