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Pacific Regional Council for Early Childhood Care and Education (PRC4ECCE)

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Helping children across the Pacific reach their full potential through investment in high quality and sustainable early childhood care and education (ECCE)


To provide direction to national and regional level initiatives in high quality, inclusive and equitable ECCE programmes by enabling and promoting effective coordination, sharing, dissemination, and use of relevant research, resources, and documented best practices.

Company Overview

PRC4ECCE’s primary purpose is to contribute to and support the Pacific Education Development Forum’s objectives of enhancing alignment between national priorities and ECCE initiatives by developing a regional information management platform that will integrate and synthesize existing information, as well as providing direction for future research and programme activities. Activities of the PRC4ECCE will respond to national-level priorities through representation on the Council.


Key Goals 

PRC4ECCE will achieve its mission through activities in 5 key areas: 

  1. Advocating for high quality ECCE in the Pacific at national, regional, and global levels. 
  2. Creating an accessible knowledge management platform for information sharing; 
  3. Developing a vibrant, dynamic research network in ECCE across the Pacific; 
  4. Establishing effective mechanisms for sustaining the Council that will ensure commitment and ownership of countries across the region; 
  5. Promoting the development of adaptation, and distribution of appropriate communication, learning and training resources to facilitate ECCE at community level. 

Underlying all activities will be a commitment to Access; Equity and Quality.

General Information

PRC4ECCE has identified 5 suggested ‘system components’ which have been found to interact and comprise a quality ECCE framework:

  1. Policy/Legislation & Governance
  2. Human Resources
  3. Curriculum, Child Assessment, and Environment
  4. Performance Monitoring and Assessment
  5. Community Partnerships

Council membership includes the following Pacific Island Countries: 

  • Palau
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Republic of Marshall Islands
  • Papau New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • Fiji
  • Nauru
  • Kiribati
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Cook Islands
  • Niue
  • Tokelau

In addition, the following countries will be extended invitations to participate, to increase full regional representation: Timor-Leste

Advisory Group members will consist of implementing partners, academia, development partners, ECCE specialists, the media, government ministries and others identified by the Council and endorsed by the Executive Board for inclusion:

Basic Info

  • Founded – July 2011
  • Location – Secretariat is UNICEF Pacific, Suva, Fiji
  • Products – results for advancement of quality ECCE

History by Year

  • 2010 - Pacific Island Forum Secretariat called for the creation of PRC4ECCE during the Forum Education Ministers Meeting to consolidate and coordinate ECCE educational development activities across the developing Pacific Island countries, requesting UNICEF to be Secretariat. 
  • July 2011 – first regional consultation meeting to develop terms of reference 
  • March 2012 – regional meeting to discuss system components needed for quality ECE in the Pacific region
  • October and November 2012 – Steering Committee and Full Council meetings; Executive Board voted; term of reference finalized; “Pacific Guidelines for the Development of National Quality Frameworks for ECCE - Programming for Ages Three to Five” drafted.
  • March 2013 – Executive Board and Full Council Meeting; “Pacific Guidelines…” reviewed



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