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Is Early Childhood Education Workforce Ready for a Big Jump in Enrolment?

By Minyi Li, Ph.D.

presented at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference Beijing, China


Since the China’s State Council landmark decision in 2010, which called for expansion of early childhood development, national coverage for early childhood education has increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 70.5 per cent in 2014. By making early childhood education and development a clear government priority and targeting the most disadvantaged areas, China is taking a momentous step toward ending the inter-generational cycle of poverty, achieving the Millennium Development Goals and brightening the future for all of its citizens. However, in terms of universal pre-primary education with enough qualified kindergarten teachers, it is still one of the most challenging problems for the government.

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