Investing in young children

Investing in Young Children
An Early Childhood Development Guide for
Policy Dialogue and Project Preparation
Sophie Naudeau
Naoko Kataoka
Alexandria Valerio
Michelle J. Neuman
Leslie Kennedy Elder
DIREC T I O N S I N D EVELOPMENT
Human Development

Investing in Young Children

Investing in Young Children
An Early Childhood Development Guide for
Policy Dialogue and Project Preparation
Sophie Naudeau
Naoko Kataoka
Alexandria Valerio
Michelle J. Neuman
Leslie Kennedy Elder

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Investing in young children : an early childhood development guide for policy dialogue and
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V
Foreword xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Abbreviations xvii
Overview 1
Objective 1
Methodology for Selecting the Evidence 1
Summary of Contents 2
Note 4
Reference 4
Introduction 5
Definition 5
Background and Rationale 5
Conceptual Framework 6
Notes 10
References 10
Contents

Section 1 Initiating the Policy Dialogue on
Investing in ECD 13
Note 1.1 Why Invest in ECD? The Economic Argument
(for Policy Dialogue with Ministers of Finance,
Planning, and Social Affairs) 15



Investing in young children