Call to Action Statement: Early Childhood Education for All

It is time for a world where all children enter school equipped with the skills they need to succeed.

A young boy plays and learns with blocks in an early childhood development centre in Rwanda.


The learning crisis the world is facing today has its roots in children’s earliest years, when failure to invest in quality early childhood education results in children starting school not ready to learn and succeed. Millions of children are entering education systems already behind in a host of critical skills they need to succeed in primary school.

UNICEF and partners call on the global community to take action on five areas that are crucial to achieve transformational and cost-effective change for young children and nations.