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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.

Target population

The target population for the assessment module consists of children attending center-based education and care in the final year of ISCED 0.


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.

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