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Early Childhood Development & Education 15 Apr - 18 Apr, 2015
IMAGINATIONEarly Childhood Development & Education 15 Apr - 18 Apr, 2015



    Series Overview

    Salzburg Global Seminar, working with select international partners, is developing a multi-year program on the roles of states and families in meeting 21st century social investment needs. Intergenerational and gender justice and inclusion of marginalized populations are critical for social cohesion, but come under particular strain where economic systems are confronting a "double squeeze" - how to improve start of life opportunities for all while also caring and paying for aging societies. In many countries, the greatest burden falls on the family unit: government support, where provided, is inconsistently managed between various levels and branches and seldom reflects forward-thinking best practices. We believe that states and families' abilities to confront these challenges will shape 21st century economic systems, societal norms and individual wellbeing.

    Why this topic and why now?

    The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) propose an ambitious target for ECDE: By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education. To meet this target, it is vital that we begin now to address key questions. What are equitable, quality and scalable practices in ECDE? How can these be rolled out in developing, emerging and developed country contexts?

    For decades, Nobel prizewinner James Heckman and others have made the economic case for investments in ECDE as a critical component for national prosperity. As a result, a notable shift has occurred in recent years from debates about whether to invest in ECDE programs, and is now more focused on the questions of how to invest, where to invest, and how to bring quality ECDE programs to scale. The inclusion of universal ECDE programs in the SDG's is a key indicator of this process.

    In the context of ECDE's inclusion in the 2015 SDG's, Salzburg Global Seminar proposes to launch a multi-year intervention with select international partners to coordinate and support an integrated early childhood policy and practice agenda, particularly for disadvantaged populations. It aims to augment international efforts to achieve scale through the best available evidence of what is required to achieve access, quality, and scale.

    Salzburg Statement

    Quality Early Childhood Development and Education for All Girls and Boys

    Download the Salzburg Global Statement in full

    Program goals and outcomes

    This program produces a strategic roadmap towards supporting universal quality access, as highlighted by the SDGs, in the form of a Salzburg Statement- a synthesis of agreed-upon guiding principles, priority actions, and proposals for urgent consideration. The Salzburg Statement is based on group dialogue and will be fed into subsequent international working groups.


    Gabriela Aratangy Pluciennik
    Program Coordinator, Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal Foundation (FMCSV), Brazil
    Harry Ballan
    Partner, Davis Polk & Wardell LLP; Director, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, New York, New York, United States
    Martha Buell
    Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies; Director, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, University of Delaware, United States
    Charlotte Cole
    Executive Director, Blue Butterfly Collaborative, United States
    Erika Dähler Meyer
    Co-Director, a:primo, Switzerland
    Martha A. Darling
    Board Chair, National Wildlife Federation Action Fund; Education policy consultant, United States
    Nicholas Dowdall
    Rhodes Scholar,University of Oxford, South Africa
    Liana Ghent
    Executive Director, International Step by Step Association (ISSA), The Netherlands
    Ayelet Giladi
    Academic Director, Early Childhood Program Unit, NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    Rena Hallam
    Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies,University of Delaware,United States
    David Harrison
    CEO, The DG Murray Trust, South Africa
    David Hawker
    Policy Advisor to iPIPS & Honorary Professor, Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University,United Kingdom
    Steven Hicks
    Steven Hicks, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Early Learning, Department of Education, United States
    Arthur Ivatts
    Senior Consultant, Open Society Foundations, UK
    Chae Jeong Lee
    Policy Analyst, National Assembly Budget Office, Korea
    Diana Leyva
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Davidson College, United States
    Joan Lombardi
    Director, The Children's Project, Washington D.C; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    John Maluccio
    Associate Professor of Economics, Middlebury College, United States
    Dakota McCoy
    Rhodes Scholar, University of Oxford, United States
    Catherine Millett
    Senior Research Scientist, ETS Policy Evaluation & Research Center, United States
    Nora Milotay
    Policy Officer, DG Education and Culture, School Policy Unit, European Commission, Belgium
    Anne Mosle
    former Vice President for Programs , The W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Vice President and Executive Director, The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC
    Paul Murray
    Program Executive, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Ireland
    Elizabeth Murray
    Rhodes Scholar, University of Oxford, Australia
    Michael Nettles
    Senior Vice President, Policy Evaluation & Research Center, ETS, USA
    Patrick Newell
    Founding Director, Tokyo International School, Japan
    Ann O'Leary
    Co-founder, The Opportunity Institute,United States
    Lynette Okengo
    Executive Director, WanaWetu, Kenya
    Sandipan Paul
    International Consultant, UNICEF, Maldives
    Marvin Pires
    Program Manager, De Verre Bergen Foundation, Netherlands
    Hala Samrani
    Advisor, Dubai Government, United Arab Emirates
    Saktibrata Sen
    Content Head, North India, Pratham Education Foundation, India
    Sheldon Shaeffer
    Member of the Board of Directors, Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), Thailand
    Sonja Starling
    Executive Director Innovation Edge and Acting Program Leader Ilifa Labantwana,South Africa
    Carla Thompson Payton
    Vice President for Program Strategy,W.K. Kellogg Foundation, United States
    Christer Tofténius
    Senior Adviser, Ministry of Education and Research, Sweden
    Aline Villette
    Senior Project Manager, LEGO Foundation, Switzerland
    Sara Watson
    Director, ReadyNation, United States
    Joanna Wright-Serra
    Vice President, Board of the Centro Medico ABC, Mexico
    Hirokazu Yoshikawa
    Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, United States