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Language: English Photo of CC Early Childhood Development Services.jpg
Category(ies): Policies, Good Practices, Publications
Topic(s) & Sub-Topic(s): Recruitment
  •  Attracting Candidates
Initial Preparation
  •  Minimum Standards
Professional Development (PD)
  •  Continuing Education
Career Path
  •  Monitoring teacher effectiveness
  •  Professional Ladder
  •  Management Skills
  •  Performance
Special Topics
  •  Early childhood
Country: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Title: Regional Guidelines for Developing Policy Regulation and Standards in Early Childhood Development Services
Author: CARICOM Community
Summary: Improving the standard of services for early childhood is absolutely critical in addressing the particular challenges to childhood in the Caribbean, including HIV, violence, and poverty. Studies all over the world have evidenced the high returns brought by investments in early childhood, especially in the reduction of violence and poverty; but equally, they have shown that to pay off substantially, services must have high standards. These Guidelines are part of a drive to improve the quality of education and care for ALL children, especially the most disadvantaged.
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Publishing House: CARICOM Secretariat
Year of Publication: 2009
Upload date: 3/31/2017

What transformation/reform does this initiative pursue?
CARICOM Secretariat and Development Partners agreed as a priority to support the development of policies, regulation and standards for early childhood development services and to harmonize expectations across the region for quality and equity in access to services. This was seen as an important development especially in the context of the CSME, free movement of skilled nationals and the associated contingent rights.

What policy/practice has been put in place to achieve this change?
Early childhood services have been growing rapidly in the CARICOM region, and policy/practice put in place in support of this growth, particularly since the latter half of the 20th Century, as mothers were increasingly employed out of the home and away from the support of extended family networks. Consequently, the Caribbean region saw a rapid expansion of preschool and day care services which were mainly established by private and charitable interest groups.

What evidence exists to demonstrate that this intervention is having the desired result?
Not Applicable

Contributor Contact Information
Full Name: Lockhart, Paula Lynne
Organization Name: OAS
Address 1: 1889 F. St NW
Address 2:
City / Province: washingron DC
State: DC
Phone: 2023705492
E-Mail: [email protected]

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Keywords: Teacher quality and learning outcomes, Other, Teacher competency , Education for inclusion, Composition of the teaching workforce, The Caribbean
The ITEN Teacher Policy Center is carried out with the financial support of the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS and the support of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.