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OECD Report: Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)

1. General description

    The OECD reports Starting Strong: Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) I and II offer comparative information on early childhood policies across 20 OECD countries, and on social, economic and cultural issues related to such policies (OECD). They aim to provide a comparative review and analysis to improve policymaking in early childhood education and care in the participating countries. The reports present country profiles, which give an overview of ECEC systems in these countries. Furthermore they offer quantitative and policy information on issues such as child development, work-life balance, early childhood education and care.

    Here we focus on indicators and statistical data. For information on policy data see the OECD reports on Early Childhood Education and Care in the subcategories Social Care and Education in our category 'Policies & Institutions'. 

2. Main topics

  • Child care: e.g. use of licenced child care
  • Child poverty: e.g. child poverty rates in rich countries, impact of social transfers on child poverty
  • Early childhood education: e.g. enrolment rates in pre-primary and primary education, public and private expenditure on pre-primary education
  • Work- life balance: e.g. employment rates by gender, employment rates for mothers, parental leave effectiveness

3. Data

  • Quantitative and qualitative data
  • Macro-level data
  • Years covered by the data differ per report
  • Starting Strong I: Data cover the period 1997-1998. In the case of trends, data covers the period 1980-1999 and 1990-1999
  • Starting Strong II: Data cover the year 2004. In the case of trends, data covers the period 1980-2004
  • Starting Strong III: Data cover the year 2006-2009. In the case of trends, data covers the period 1980-2009
  • Starting Strong IV: Data cover the year 2015. In the case of trends, data cover the period 1980-2015
  • Starting Strong V: Data cover the year 2017. In the case of trends, data cover the period 1980-2017

4. Countries covered

  • 20 OECD countries
  • All countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States

5. Keyword search facility on website

    Yes, at OECD Advanced Search. This is a search engine for all OECD data, not specifically for the OECD report Early Childhood Education and Care. Keyword search is possible in publications, questionnaires, reports and other documents.

6. Data access

7. Additional information