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CARE Curriculum Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European ECEC

Projekter: ProjektForskning


  • Utrecht University
  • University of Oxford
  • Freie Universitet Berlin
  • Leuven University, Belgium
  • Jyvaskula University
  • Milan University
  • Hellenic Open University
  • HiVe, Vestfold
  • Institut for Økonomi
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In line with the EU strategies for 2020 and the need for a systemic and integrated approach to Early Childhood
education and Care (ECEC), the project identifies eight key issues and questions for which effective policy
measures and instruments should be developed. They concern assessing the impact of ECEC, optimizing quality
and curricula for ECEC to increase effectiveness, raising the professional competencies of staff, monitoring
and assuring quality of ECEC, increasing the inclusiveness of ECEC, in particular for socioeconomically
disadvantaged children, funding of ECEC, and the need for innovative European indicators of children’s
wellbeing. The project will address these issues in an integrative way by combining state-of-the-art knowledge
of factors determining personal, social and economic benefits of ECEC with knowledge of the mechanisms
determining access to and use of ECEC. In developing a European knowledge base for ECEC, we will add to the
existing knowledge in two ways. First, we will include recent and ongoing ECEC research from several European
countries. Second, we will include the perspectives of important stakeholders and integrate cultural beliefs and
values. The central aim is to develop an evidence-based and culture-sensitive framework of
(a) Developmental goals, quality assessment, curriculum approaches and policy measures for improving the
quality and effectiveness of ECEC; and (b) Effective strategies of organizing, funding and governing ECEC that
increase the impact of ECEC. Our interdisciplinary research team will construct this framework, based on the
competencies and skills that young children need to develop in current societies, identify the conditions that
have to be fulfilled to promote child development and wellbeing, and identify strategies and policy measures that
support access to high quality provisions, and likely to receive broad support of stakeholders, thereby enhancing
the impact of ECEC.
Effektiv start/slut dato01/01/201401/01/2017


  • Early childhood Education and Care , Comparative studies, early childhood care & education wellbeing, Cost & benefit analysis , Economy, developmental psychology





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