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Expanding Early Childhood Care and Education: How Much Does it Cost?

Author (s): 
van Ravens, J; Aggio, C
Publication details: 
The Hague, Bernard van Leer, 2007
Working Papers in Early Childhood Development; No. 46

A proposal for a methodology to estimate the costs of early childhood care and education at macro-level, applied to the Arab States.

This report distinguishes two main modalities of ECCE provision: regular programme delivery, for the ‘older’ children in the early childhood age group; home visiting (understood here as providing expert support to groups of parents), mainly during the earliest ages. For both modalities, normative models have been developed. These are based on assumptions and choices that the authors have made after consultation with experts and a literature review. However, these normative models can be altered by the reader if he or she disagrees with the choices of the authors. Thus, this report is not meant as a final statement but as the start of a dialogue.