Social policy/child organizations - International

Bernard Van Leer Foundation

Bernard Van Leer Foundation seeks to enhance opportunities for children growing up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage. It also funds child-related projects and initiatives in more than forty countries. Website contains links to programs and projects, research and evaluation, and periodical publications.

Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development
CG is a consortium of agencies, donors, NGOs and foundations that link with regional-based Early Childhood Care and Development networks. It supports a diverse and creative range of ECCD activities that link different sectors to improve the well being of of young children (0-8) at risk in the Majority World. Website contains information on CG initiatives, news, and conferences. Includes link to the CG Library, which contains a good collection of resources on ECCD in different countries.

Eurochild is a network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to improve the quality of life of children and young people. Eurochild's work is underpinned by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

INCA (International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Internet Archive)
The INCA website provides descriptions of the education systems for pre-school, primary and secondary education in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and Wales. The website focuses particularly on the curriculum and assessment frameworks in place in those countries and also has developing sections on initial teacher training.

OECD Thematic Review of ECEC
The OECD is "an international organisation helping governments tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalised economy." The current mandate for th OECD's Education and Skills is "making lifelong learning a reality for all". The Thematic Review of ECEC is under this OECD umbrella. The ECEC section includes all published documents from the first stage of this international review - Country Background Papers and Country Notes, conference papers, summaries, and the landmark final report, "Starting Strong." Updates and coming events section includes new papers, updated country profiles, work on indicators and data, and information on the current round of reviews.

Swedish Institute/Svenska Institutet
SI is a public agency with mandate of sharing knowledge about Sweden in the spheres of culture, education, research and public life in general. Website links to research and publications regarding child care and various social policy issues in Sweden.

UNESCO's early childhood programme
The goal of UNESCO’s early childhood programme is to assist Member States to expand access, improve quality and ensure equity at the earliest stages of a child’s learning path.

UNICEF's mandate is to help children living in poverty in developing countries and around the world. UNICEF provides information and resources on child-related issues, from various programs and initiatives, to international news related to children. Website links to publications, projects and research.

World Bank: Early Childhood Development
World Bank's ECD site is designed to assist policy makers, program managers, and practitioners in their efforts to promote the health, growth, and development of children. Journals, reports, regional and country specific research available.