Supporting Data-Driven Systems for Early Childhood Development



ECD Measure helps build better lives for young children around the world through data.

We support professionals, governments, non-profit organizations and researchers with tools, resources and connections to use data towards quality early childhood care and education for all children.


We are researchers and policy experts who strive to improve early learning experiences for young children worldwide by supporting data-driven decision-making in early childhood systems.

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ECD Measure is hosted by University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health and Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative. We partner with a variety of research, communications, implementing, and funding partners including USAID, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, WHO, World Bank, Unbounded Associates, University of Liberia, Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), University College London, and others.


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The innovative radio program "First Steps Intera za Mbere" in Rwanda supports caregivers to provide @NurturingCare, promotes #ECD, improves learning outcomes, & increases emergent literacy for children aged 0-3. 🚼📻

“We have lost our minds in the United States when it comes to #earlychildhood education,” said William Doyle, defending the value of play during a panel hosted by Defending the Early Years. #Play #earlyed #teachertwitter #edutwitter #kindergarten #ece

💗"They believed that slowly but surely the realities of the past year would make Americans see how essential #earlychildhood educators are." @EdSurge reports on stories from the #ECEWorkforce during Covid-19 🇺🇸🚼

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Relationship-building practices and social-emotional development in Liberian Preschools: Our findings using the BEQI observation tool

By Dr. Dawn Davis (ECD Measure) and Dr. Cecelia Cassell (University of Liberia) Over the past decade, Liberia has increasingly focused on improving access and quality early childhood education (ECE). Measurement is a key component of a quality ECE system, and Liberia...

Ethiopia Builds its First National Assessment of Pre-primary Education

Cross-posted on Authors:    Dr. Belay Hagos, Associate Professor of Education, Director, Institute of Educational Research, Addis Ababa University   Fitsum Mulugeta, Education Economist, The World Bank   Enrollment in Early Childhood...

Ten Countries Take a School-driven Approach to Measuring and Improving Preschool Quality

Rebecca Sayre & Abbie Raikes, ECD Measure We now know that quality early childhood programs can have a lasting positive impact.  But we know less about how to translate that science into workable solutions for programs around the world. While there is increasing...

Learning Through Play: Insights from Measuring Early Learning Quality & Outcomes (MELQO) Analyses

Learning through play:  Insights from Measuring Early Learning Quality & Outcomes (MELQO) analyses Abbie Raikes & Dawn Davis, ECD Measure We’re increasingly recognizing the power of play for children.  Children learn best when they are supported to deeply...

Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative Partnership to Support Family Child Care Providers

Family child care is extremely important to many families with young children.  Often run by independent small business owners, family child care providers balance caring for children with all of the functions of running a small business.  To help support these...

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