The analysis summarises the situation of young children across several policy areas impacting their development. It is based on data collected1 from nine European countries and consolidated in nine Country Profiles. It draws attention towards four key findings across policy areas impacting early childhood development (ECD) and priorities for policy-making and investment in early childhood at the European and country level.
The analysis of these priorities, across all nine countries, indicated that consistent data collection at national and European level is needed to elevate the rights of very young children, to improve decision-making on policies and finances affecting early childhood, and to track progress. The recommendations suggest
a) several measures to support better data collection and monitoring within and across countries in Europe,
b) shared policy priorities at European and country level.