Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS)
In BriefUNICEF promoted the formulation of a shared policy document regulating Early Child Development (ECD) services and a set of standards as a common reference framework for all ECD services. It also supported the training of national experts in the formulation and validation of Early Learning and Development Standards, and set up a multi-sectoral task force to provide expertise in the development of these standards.
By adopting ELDS, Romania has made a major breakthrough in the region. As European Union member states do not yet have such standards, Romania is in the forefront in terms of policy development in this field. UNICEF is already using the Romanian model for advocacy and replication in the CEE/CIS region.