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A Snapshot of Early Childhood Development in Australia - Australia has adopted a national measure of children's development at school entry called the Early Development Index. This report is the first snapshot of young children's progress in various domains of growth based on this assessment. (Centre for Community Child Health & Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, December 2009) ...

State of the World’s Mothers 2009: Investing in the Early Years - This report examined the state of early childhood development in 25 countries. It found that the U.S. was one of seven nations that achieved three or fewer minimum policy goals deemed necessary for healthy early childhood development. (Save the Children, 2009)...

An International Comparison of Early Childhood Initiatives: From Services to Systems - A review of efforts in four countries finds that the U.S. and Canada "have the least well-developed early childhood policies at the national level." The report also suggests a number of "building blocks" to create a foundation for a stronger early childhood system, based on its examination of the experiences in England, Canada, and Australia. (The Commonwealth Fund, May 2009)...

The Child Care Transition: A League Table of Early Childhood Education and Care in Economically Advanced Countries - This report compared 25 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations' policies that support the welfare of the youngest children. Of the ten policies examined, the United States has three in place, whereas almost all of the other OECD countries have more policies in place. The report also provides research evidence from a variety of countries including Sweden, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. (UNICEF, December 2008)...

Effects of Public Preschool Expenditures on the Test Scores of Fourth Graders: Evidence from TIMSS - This study suggests that there is a modest but significant relationship between a country's expenditures on pre-k and the math/science achievement of its elementary school students. Using fourth graders' scores from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS), researchers examined the extent to which differences in achievement in seven countries - Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States - can be attributed to differences in the nations' financial investments in pre-k. Their analysis turned up evidence that pre-k expenditure levels do explain some of the differences in fourth-grade scores. (Educational Research and Evaluation, 2008)...

Results from the OECD Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care Policy 1998 – 2006 - Based on a review of early care and education systems in 20 countries including the United States, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found a number of guiding principles for successful early childhood policy. (John Bennett, UNESCO, November/December 2007)...


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