Starting Strong IIEARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CAREEconomic development and rapid social change have significantly modified family and Starting Strong IIchild-rearing patterns across OECD countries. This review of early childhood educationand care (ECEC) in 20 OECD countries describes the social, economic, conceptual and researchfactors that influence early childhood policy. These include increasing women’s labour market EARLY CHILDHOODparticipation; reconciling work and family responsibilities on a more equitable basis for women;confronting the demographic challenges faced by OECD countries; and in particular, addressing EDUCATION AND CAREissues of access, quality, diversity, child poverty and educational disadvantage. How countriesapproach such issues is influenced by their social and economic traditions, their understandingsof families and young children, and by accumulated research on the benefits of quality earlychildhood services.Starting Strong II describes the progress made by the participating countries in responding tothe key aspects of successful ECEC policy outlined in the previous volume, Starting Strong(OECD, 2001). It offers many examples of new policy initiatives adopted in the ECEC field.In their conclusion, the authors identify ten policy areas for further critical attention fromgovernments. The book also presents country profiles, which give an overview of ECEC systems inall 20 participating countries.This book is relevant for the many concerned by child development, work/family balance and earlychildhood education and care policy. Starting Strong II EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARECountries covered: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland,France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The full text of this book is available on line via these links: http://www.sourceoecd.org/education/9264035451 http://www.sourceoecd.org/socialissues/9264035451 Those with access to all OECD books on line should use this link: http://www.sourceoecd.org/9264035451 SourceOECD is the OECD’s online library of books, periodicals and statistical databases. For more information about this award-winning service and free trials ask your librarian, or write to us at SourceOECD@oecd.org. www.oecd.org ISBN 92-64-03545-1 91 2006 03 1 P -:HSTCQE=UXZYZY:
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