India! On the Way to Global Movement on Quality Early Childhood Care and Education

Reetu Chandra


Ensuring Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) is one of the focus themes of Education for All movement conceived at the World Conference (1990) and World Education Forum (2000). Countries have keenly pursued ECCE, the first goal of Education for All and prepared well to fulfil their commitments towards this. The commitment envisages to ensure that all children, irrespective of gender and social group, get access to quality ECCE that enable them to attain necessary skills, knowledge, values and attitude. But in many countries, the progress towards Education for All goal is not enough and India is one of them. Eventually, the goal was considered to be achieved in long-term through the improved implementation of quality components of ECCE and acquiring the holistic approach to improve the functioning of ECCE programs. Realising this, the provision of ‘quality ECCE’ became one of the vision for education by 2030 as per the ‘Incheon Declaration, Education 2030’, accepted during the World Education Forum, 2015. This paper explores the synchronisation between global target for achieving quality ECCE and preparedness of India.


Early childhood care and education, Quality, Integrated Child Development Services, Anganwadi, Preschool

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