Early Childhood Education and Care Today: Impact, Policies, Quality



This chapter includes a brief description of the current framework and challenges related to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). It discusses the diversity of the existing terms regarding early childhood education and recent research findings in regard to the effects ECEC quality has on children’s development and well-being. The chapter also deals with the professional development of early childhood educators and the policies adopted around the world to promote it. Finally, it focuses on the current momentum in efforts to improve the quality of ECEC as a result of the various policies being developed and implemented.


Quality Early childhood education Professional development Observation rating scales EPPE 


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  1. 1.Aristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.University of CreteRethymnonGreece
  3. 3.A.T.E.I. of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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