This Spanish-language publication reflects the philosophy and support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation for early childhood care and development. It highlights different approaches to early childhood care and development and explains why the foundation believes that investing in early childhood is one of the best ways of building a brighter, better future. The publication seeks to assist policy makers and program planners in their search for realistic, effective, and affordable ways to enhance early childhood care and development. The various approaches to early childhood interventions included in this document are run by a variety of partner organizations in the countries concerned: local and national governments, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and community agencies. They are given as examples of programs that build on local culture and local realities. Eight chapters cover the following topics: (1) why children matter; (2) the importance of the early years; (3) why parents are important; (4) involving parents; (5) involving the community; (6) benefits of early childhood interventions; (7) quality and cost; and (8) developing an agenda for action. Fourteen examples, included as sidebars in the chapters, profile efforts of several countries or address special topics. Contains 37 references. (HTH)
For English version, see ED 372 850.
Colombia; El Salvador; India; Israel; Kenya; New Zealand; Portugal; Thailand; United States; Van Leer Foundation
1 - Available on microfiche
Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).