child development

Preschool for all: Investing in a productive and just society -- A statement by the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2002
Committee for Economic Development
Online Document Type: 
Research, policy & practice

Building a firm foundation for lifelong learning: The importance of early childhood education and care

Childcare Resource and Research Unit


In the 21st century, new technologies, rapid globalization, a shift away from traditional employment patterns and recognition that ongoing renewal of knowledge and skills is essential have contributed to a new emphasis on "lifelong learning". There is general agreement that strategies for lifelong learning should incorporate a "cradle to grave" or life-cycle approach so that a continuum of learning encompasses early childhood through youth, the working years and the senior years.