Towards inclusive service markets through social investment in the EU: The case of early childhood education and care

Özgün Ünver, Ides Nicaise, Marietta Haffner, Marja Elsinga, Gust Marien

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Abstract

This report provides an overview of social investment for early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Europe in general and in eight of the RE-InVEST partner countries in particular - Belgium, England, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, and Scotland - employing a review of the literature, European-wide statistical analyses and two country case studies. Especially when it is high quality, ECEC has a great effect on the learning potential of all children. It is especially effective as a preventive (rather than curative) measure for disadvantaged children who risk getting stuck within the vicious cycle of intergenerational disadvantage and lower SES. It also enables paid work to be combined with parenthood and helps working mothers prevent career breaks.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeuven, Belgium
PublisherRE-InVest
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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