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Children aged 3-6

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Early childhood education is an essential piece in the puzzle of ending education exclusion.

The coverage and quality of early childhood education in the region has fallen dramatically across the region as a result of transition. In some countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus, preschool enrolment rates hover around 10 per cent of the preschool age population. The limited attempts to improve coverage have made little headway because the effort has been to restore the old system which was both elaborate and expensive.

In order for all young children to be ready for schools, a transformation is needed in the ‘preschool sectors’ across the sub-region. Innovative pilot projects across the sub-region have shown that alternative models of pre-school can be better in quality and lower in cost than the traditional models.

For more information about early childhood development, please visit the UNICEF Regional Office ECD web site.









Resources on early childhood development

For resources on early childhood development, click here.


Early childhood education in Azerbaijan: Expanding access to quality ECE
UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS in collaboration with Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Resources from the Central Asia Forum on Education 2009

'Rethinking early childhood care and education,' Presented by UNICEF

'Implementing Early Childhood Development in Turkmenistan,' Presented by Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan


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