GBC-Education’s work in early childhood development (ECD) is focused on increasing children’s access to comprehensive programs that emphasize early learning, child and maternal health, child care, and nutrition—aligning with the Sustainable Development Goal target that all children “have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education.” Through the efforts of the Business for Early Childhood Development Task Force, GBC-Education remains committed to demonstrating the value of business engaging in the early years.
The Business Case for Engaging in Early Childhood Development
In June 2016, GBC-Education released a report outlining the business case for engaging in ECD. The report highlights the substantial benefits incurred by children, business, and society by investing in ECD from economic, scientific, and equity standpoints. It also provides guidance on how business can leverage its assets to support ECD. Click here to learn 4 ways that businesses can engage.
Business for Early Childhood Development Task Force
Established in the fall of 2014, initially in collaboration with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, the Business for Early Childhood Development (Biz4ECD) Task Force seeks to demonstrate the value that businesses attach to investing in young children by using its collective power to influence global discussions, country and company policies, and practice. The Biz4ECD Task Force is comprised of business and foundation leaders with an interest in developing today the workforce of tomorrow.
Our vision is a world where all children meet their full developmental potential to become productive workers and responsible citizens in society.
The work of the Task Force is structured around effecting change at the company, country, and global levels around three main areas:
- Messaging: Establish common messaging that highlights the business case for and benefits from investments in ECD
- Influence: Advocate for ECD internally within a company and externally to policymakers and business associations by establishing good practice guidelines and researching areas to pursue action
- Action: Effecting change on the ground through actions at the corporate policy and programmatic implementation levels
- Early Childhood Development Policy Brief
- This brief provides an overview of the short and long-term benefits of comprehensive ECD investments and strategies for using the power of the private sector to effect change at company, country, and global levels.Nordic Leaders Urge Support for ECD Alongside Oslo Summit
- Nordic Leaders Urge Support for ECD Alongside Oslo Summit
- Nordic leaders urged world leaders, governments, donors and global education experts to expand ECD financing and investment during the Oslo Summit on Education and Development, setting the stage for the inclusion of ECD in post-2015 development agenda at the 2015 UN General Assembly.The Business Case for Early Childhood Development
- Business Leaders Support Early Childhood Development
- GBC-Education Webinar Makes the Business Case for ECD
- This webinar evidenced how early investments in our children make sense from scientific, economic and equity standpoints.
- LEGO Idea Conference Sparks Innovation for ECD
- GBC-Education Executive Chair Sarah Brown recounts her participation in the LEGO Idea conference, where discussion focused on strategies for enhancing investments in quality early childhood development programs.
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