Early child development (ECD) refers to a combination of programs and policies aimed at improving the nutrition, health, cognitive and psycho-social development, education and social protection of young children. Brookings experts conduct research that aims to better understand how to successfully scale up and sustain effective ECD programs and policies in both America and throughout the developing world.
Reuters/Khaled Abdullah - Children pose for a photo as they play in the old quarter of Yemen's capital Sanaa April 15, 2015.
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Shanta Devarajan outlines the evidence for investments in early childhood development in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Learn more, in this video from the Center for Universal Education, about early childhood development and what the business community has to gain from investing in early education efforts that diminish skills gaps in the workforce.
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