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1 XIII Meeting of the Authorities and Executive Committee of the CIE Patricia Quiroz, Specialist Office of Education and Culture September 6, 2012 Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States Report on progress made in Early Childhood projects

2 Objective of OAS projects on Early Childhood building consensus through policy dialogue and horizontal cooperation. To support Member States in the design and implementation of comprehensive early childhood education and care policies by building consensus through policy dialogue and horizontal cooperation. Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

3 Strategies To advocate for the comprehensive care of children To advocate for the comprehensive care of children To promote a regional dialogue To promote a regional dialogue To promote horizontal cooperation To promote horizontal cooperation To foster investment in initiatives that favor Early Childhood To foster investment in initiatives that favor Early Childhood To provide an interactive space through the Childhood Portal To provide an interactive space through the Childhood Portal Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

4 Early Childhood Investment Guaranteeing comprehensive care for every child is an investment in the future population of nations long-term economic growth and equity Guaranteeing comprehensive care for every child is an investment in the future population of nations long-term economic growth and equity Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

5 Return on Investment Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States Source: Pedro Carneiro, 2008

6 Hemispheric Commitment to Early Childhood Approved by the Ministers of Education of the 34 OAS Member States in November of 2007 in Cartagena, Colombia. In doing so, they recognized the importance of the first years of life for human development, with a rights-based approach. Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

7 Hemispheric Commitment to Early Childhood Objective To promote Inter-American cooperation to strengthen institutional capacity and raise awareness on the importance of Early Childhood Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

8 Completed Early Childhood Projects Policies and Strategies for a Successful Transition of the Child to Socialization and School Policies and Strategies for a Successful Transition of the Child to Socialization and School The Right to a Good Start in the Amazon (phase II of project above) The Right to a Good Start in the Amazon (phase II of project above) Support the Consolidation of Early Childhood Education in the Caribbean through Technical Cooperation with Chile Support the Consolidation of Early Childhood Education in the Caribbean through Technical Cooperation with Chile Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

9 Early Childhood: A Priority of Equity for Sustainable Economic Development: National Mobilization Early Childhood: A Priority of Equity for Sustainable Economic Development: National Mobilization Expansion of the Hemispheric Commitment to Early Childhood through technology and communication networks Expansion of the Hemispheric Commitment to Early Childhood through technology and communication networks Online Course for Professionals: Introduction to Working with Children between the Ages of Zero and Three Online Course for Professionals: Introduction to Working with Children between the Ages of Zero and Three Completed Early Childhood Projects Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

10 Completed Early Childhood Projects Educational Evaluations Focused on Quality: follow-up to the Hemispheric Commitment to Early Childhood Educational Evaluations Focused on Quality: follow-up to the Hemispheric Commitment to Early Childhood Funding Institutions: CIE; Bernard Van Leer Foundation; MOU Chile- OAS; UNICEF; IADB; governments of Costa Rica, Paraguay, Colombia, Panama and Guyana (CARICOM); SEDI/OAS Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

11 Current focus Promoting and monitoring the implementation of the Hemispheric Commitment to Early Childhood Education," adopted by the Ministers of Education in 2007 and ratified in 2009 and 2012 Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

12 Ongoing Early Childhood Projects Legislators and Former Legislators for Early Childhood Goal: Creation of Hemispheric Network with National Chapters - Next meeting: Brazil, December 2012 Funding: Bernard van Leer Foundation US$ 119,000 Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

13 Ongoing Early Childhood Projects Early Childhood and Corporate Social Responsibility Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010 Lima, Peru, 2011 Lima, Peru, 2011 Meeting of ANDI and II Inter American Meeting: Corporate Social Responsibility and Early Childhood on October , 2012, in Cali, Colombia Meeting of ANDI and II Inter American Meeting: Corporate Social Responsibility and Early Childhood on October , 2012, in Cali, Colombia Funding: Entrepreneurs from Colombia and Argentina: US$ 20,000 OAS Technical Secretariat: US$ 5,000 OAS Technical Secretariat: US$ 5,000 Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

14 Upcoming Activity Meeting on Early Childhood and Preschool Education: Early Childhood, Socio-Emotional Development and Neuroscience Beginning at Preconception organized by CENDI Monterrey, NL, Mexico, November 2012 As a follow up to 11th International Meeting and 3rd World Congress of Early Childhood and Preschool Education: Early Childhood, Family and Sustainable Development that took place in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in October, 2011 Funding: State of Nuevo Leon: US$200,000 Others: US$100,000 Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

15 Ongoing Early Childhood Initiatives Promotion of research and its application to practice in Early Childhood policies and programs in Latin America and the Caribbean Meeting of funders, U.S. National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland Dates considered: March 4-5 or March 13-14, 2013 Dates considered: March 4-5 or March 13-14, 2013 Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States

16 Ongoing Early Childhood Initiatives The Portal has been redesigned to better meet user needs The Portal has been redesigned to better meet user needs It is currently being migrated to OAS servers It is currently being migrated to OAS servers It will be fully operational in Spanish in October of 2012 It will be fully operational in Spanish in October of 2012 English version is expected to be functioning in November 2012 English version is expected to be functioning in November 2012 Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States Early Childhood Portal

17 Ongoing Early Childhood Initiatives The Portal will give access to up-to-date information on Member States The Portal will give access to up-to-date information on Member States Portal will promote awareness of the critical need to invest in Early Childhood Portal will promote awareness of the critical need to invest in Early Childhood Portal will promote knowledge sharing on ECE policy in OAS member states Portal will promote knowledge sharing on ECE policy in OAS member states Technical Secretariat will seek a grant to finance its operations in 2013 Technical Secretariat will seek a grant to finance its operations in 2013 Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States Early Childhood Portal

18 In Conclusion In evaluating the work that has been undertaken in Early Childhood, and in looking to better serve the Member States: In evaluating the work that has been undertaken in Early Childhood, and in looking to better serve the Member States: –Which of the lines of action presented do you consider to be the most useful and of greatest interest? –Are there additional actions that we should be undertaking? –How can Early Childhood initiatives be better disseminated and publicized so more people know about them and participate in them, and so more people use the resources provided? –With what additional potential partners in the region and/or in your countries should we be partnering? Executive Secretariat for Integral Development Organization of American States


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