Global Guidelines for Early Childhood Education and Care in the 21st Century
ACEI is committed to providing resources that enhance childhood education programs throughout the world. The ACEI Global Guidelines to present standards for ensuring that young children receive an appropriate, quality education in a variety of settings.
The Global Guidelines were developed by a group of international early care and education experts to address the fundamental elements necessary to create quality early care and education environments for young children around the world. The Global Guidelines Assessment tool was developed to assess Global Guidelines implementation. The Global Guidelines Assessment is intended to be used by early care and education programs as they review program quality. Since communities vary worldwide, programs should adapt the Guidelines for their own use to align with the cultural, and other contextual, differences of their community.
The premises of the Global Guidelines are key philosophies that provide its foundation.
- Children are both the present and the future of every nation, they have needs, rights, and intrinsic worth that must be recognized and supported.
- Every child should have the opportunity to grow up in a setting that values children, that provides conditions for a safe and secure environment, and that respects diversity.
- Knowledge about human development is more substantial now than at any time in history. The new century offers opportunities to consolidate recent gains and respond to new challenges that lie ahead.
- Children must receive appropriate nurture and education within and outside their families from birth onward if they are to develop optimally.
- Attention to the health, nutrition, education, and psychosocial development of children during their early years is essential for the future well being of nations and the global community.
The ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment (GGA) was developed as a way to assess the implementation of ACEI's Global Guidelines. The assessment serves as a resource for those teaching young children or administering early care and education programs and we invite all educators and childcare providers around the globe to use the GGA. We are pleased that the GGA has been used in over 35 nations.
Instructions for Use
The Global Guidelines Assessment (GGA) is a valuable resource for early care and education programs. The assessment was developed with the input of educators from more than 27 nations. The assessment consists of five program content areas: Environment and Physical Space, Curriculum Content and Pedagogy, Early Childhood Educators and Caregivers, Partnerships with Families and Communities, and Young Children with Special Needs.
The 2011 edition of the GGA includes 76 indicators of program quality that have global relevance; however, please keep in mind that specific markers of how a standard is met may vary from nation to nation. Although the GGA includes a general rating scale (excellent to inadequate), educators will need to determine their own methods of measuring the attainment of indicators in relation to their own nation's policies and community practices and settings. ACEI encourages educators to use these resources either to design new early childhood programs or improve existing programs.
We are pleased to announce that a revised version of the GGA is now available.
Translations in Korean, Italian, and Swahili will be available soon.
ACEI GGA Research Study