New IDELA Report Makes the Case for Equity in Pre-Primary 

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Beyond Access is the third in a series of reports from Save the Children that uses IDELA data to inform knowledge, policy and programming in early childhood education.

IDELA data show that children gain knowledge with age, but that there are large variations between children’s skills within age groups. At age six, less than one-third of children displayed mastery of IDELA content in the areas of literacy, numeracy and social-emotional development. Analyses also find that stronger socioeconomic status, access to reading materials and toys, frequent caregiver-child activities, and freedom from harsh discipline promote stronger learning and development.

In conclusion, 3 – 5 year old children are in a critical period of brain development, but also a vulnerable stage which often lacks learning-focused services. Education systems need to be aware of and responsive to children’s diverse needs and skill levels as they enter formal schooling. Failing to invest sustainably and equitably in quality early learning opportunities for every child endangers the right to fulfill developmental and educational potential.

Read more from the 2018 IDELA Report