Early Childhood Matters 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the enormous gaps between communities, cities, regions and nation states. To shape a better future, investing in early childhood needs to remain a priority for all governments and societies. Front and centre of this year’s Early Childhood Matters are resounding calls to action from global leaders and experts to ensure that young children, families, frontline workers and cities continue to thrive.

The 33 articles included this year demonstrate a diversity of projects, programmes and policies on how to address several of todays’ challenges impacting babies, toddlers and their caregivers especially due to COVID-19.

Authors include Laura Chinchilla Miranda, former President of Costa Rica; Constanza Alarcón Párraga, Vice-minister of Basic and Middle Preschool Education, Colombia; Princess Dina Mired of Jordan; Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, Albania; Teresa Surita, Mayor of Boa Vista, Brazil; and many others…


Rising to the challenges of today by investing in the early years for the present and future

Cecilia Vaca Jones


Leadership - Early Childhood Matters 2020

Bold leadership – or, as we see it, the ability to mobilise people to solve important problems collectively – is crucial to achieving results for young children. In this section, leaders from local and national government, civil society and academia discuss meeting the challenges of today and using strategic foresight to shape the future of early childhood.


Scaling - Early Childhood Matters 2020

There are many pathways to scale – taking a successful small programme, and making it work for hundreds of thousands of children – but the challenges are complex. In this section, practitioners and policymakers explore issues such as coordination, financing, training, monitoring and learning, with many of the articles touching on the unique challenges and new opportunities created in 2020 by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Innovations - Early Childhood Matters 2020

Before good practices can be taken to scale, we first need good ideas. In this section, we focus on innovations – new or emerging programmes, policies or services which have the potential to meet the needs of young children and their caregivers in a wider range of contexts.

Global impressions

Global impressions - Early Childhood Matters 2020

The articles in this section highlight initiatives, resources and approaches that have inspired us over the last year, which we believe deserve a wider audience.

Issue Colophon

Editorial Board: Cecilia Vaca Jones
Editorial Board: Hannah Rothschild
Editorial Board: Joni Baboci
Editorial Board: Zarlasht Halaimzai
Editorial Board: Lynette Okengo
Production editor: Frances Buckingham
Consultant editor: Andrew Wright
Text editing: Margaret Mellor
Design: Laura de Jongh
Illustrations: Abbey Lossing

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