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Investing in Early Childhood Systems Across the Globe

Melissa Buchholz and Sandipan Paul

Abstract

This article addresses considerations around investing in early childhood efforts across the globe. The authors describe diverse early childhood approaches with a specific focus on strategies to fund and sustain this work. They also discuss the leadership efforts necessary to advocate for funding early childhood services and reflect on challenges and opportunities related to financing this important work.

Financing early childhood services is an essential component of successful implementation of programs that address the full continuum of care for young children–from support and prevention services, such as child care and early learning settings, to identification of developmental and behavioral needs, to comprehensive intervention services that address significant mental health concerns. Without adequate funding, these essential programs and services would not exist, yet identifying sustainable funding streams continues to be challenging (Colorado Health Institute, 2019). To that end, we share our experiences with identifying mechanisms for financing early childhood programs and strategies used domestically and internationally to support these efforts. In addition, we examine the leadership roles necessary to navigate the challenges that accompany this work.

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