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The mission of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) is to improve our knowledge on the development of young children.

Between the ages of 0 and 5, children experience a phase of accelerated growth. The education, care and attention they receive during this crucial period of development have a decisive effect on their future.

It is therefore extremely important for service providers, service planners, policymakers and parents to thoroughly understand the significance of early childhood to ensure that young children's needs are fulfilled.


The mandate of the CEECD is to foster the dissemination of scientific knowledge on the development of young children with an emphasis, but not exclusively, on the social and emotional development and on the services and policies that influence this development.


1.  Identify and synthesize the very best scientific work on early childhood

2.  Disseminate this knowledge to target audiences of service planners, service
     providers, policymakers and parents;

3.  Encourage leading-edge research on child development from the time of
     conception to age five;

4.  Provide recommendations to governments and service planners on early
     childhood policies and programs;

5.  Create, at the local, national and international levels, networks of individuals and
     groups interested in early childhood development.

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