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Early Childhood Education Study
The IEA Early Childhood Education Study (ECES) is a cross-national study that aims to explore, describe, and analyze the provision of early childhood education across countries and how it contributes to children's outcomes.
ECES will provide a framework for countries to benchmark their early childhood education systems in an international context. The study will collect information on children's competencies at the end of early childhood education, and will also gather a rich array of data about policy aims, characteristics of early childhood education systems and settings, leadership and quality assurance processes, staff qualifications and pedagogic practices, and home background.
The target population for the assessment module consists of children attending center-based education and care in the final year of ISCED 0.
Countries interested in participation
Austria, Bahrain, Belgium (Flemish), Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and United States.
The first national research coordinators meeting was held in July 2013. Framework and instrument development are being carried out in 2013–2014. The policy questionnaire will be administered in April–May 2014. The field trial will be conducted in April–May 2015, and the main data collection is planned for April–June 2016 (northern hemisphere countries) and September–November 2016 (southern hemisphere countries). The international reports will be released in 2017–2018.
The international study coordination of ECES is managed by a consortium consisting of four partner institutions: IEA Data Processing and Research Center, National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales, Centre for Research in Early Childhood in England, and IEA Secretariat. These institutions will work in cooperation with the national research coordinators of participating countries.
ECES is funded by IEA and fees from participating countries.
Participation fees for ECES are assessed in two currencies. The fee is USD 25,000 plus EUR 25,000 per year, for each of the six years of the project (2013–2018).
For more information, please visit the ECES website.