Publications & Reports

Browse editions of our journal, Early Childhood Matters, and our Early Childhood in Focus series of briefing notes, along with other selected publications and reports. All are free to download or read online.

Children of seasonal migrant workers

Publication ECM121 Children of seasonal migrant workers

This issue of Early Childhood Matters focuses on an almost invisible population - people who migrate seasonally in search of work, and their children. Often they live in poor quality… Read more

The Right to Play

Publication ECIF9 The Right to Play

'The Right to Play' offers short summaries of theory, research and policy issues that can inform the implementation of Article 31 of the UN Convention on Children's Rights. Section 1… Read more

Learning from Experience

Publication RRP1 Learning from Experience

The Foundation funded an independent evaluation to examine the impact that it had made in young children’s lives in four countries: Kenya, Colombia, Poland and Germany. This report shares the… Read more

Learning begins early

Publication ECM120 Learning begins early

By the time most kids start preschool, aged around 3, the most important building blocks for learning have already been put in place. That’s why this edition of Early Childhood… Read more

Community violence and young children: making space for hope

Publication ECM119 Community Violence and young children: making space for hope

This edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at the effects of community violence on young children. Articles explore the idea that violence shoud be thought of as a public health… Read more

Healthy Environments

Publication ECIF8 Healthy Environments

Textbooks typically give much less attention to the physical environment in which children grow up than to their social environment, yet the physical environment is intimately linked to growth and… Read more

Living conditions: The influence on young children's health

Publication ECM118 Living conditions: The influence on young children's health

This edition of Early Childhood Matters explores the links between the living conditions that children grow up in and their health and development around the world. Read more

Developing Brains

Publications ECIF7 Developing Brains

This volume in the Early Childhood in Focus series aims to present an overview of the most significant areas of research, starting in the first section with sufficient basic explanation… Read more

Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunities

Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunities - Early Childhood Matters

This edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at young children’s experiences of growing up in urban settings. A quarter of the world’s children live in poor urban settlements - a… Read more

Culture and learning

Publication ECIF6 Culture and Learning

This edition of Early Childhood in Focus addresses the major policy questions surrounding the place of culture in early childhood programmes, and how to promote development and learning while respecting… Read more