Development and sustainability of high-quality early childhood education programs in Zambia

I.U. Iruka, M.F. Mount-Cors, S.L. Odom, S. Naoom, M. Van Dyke, Sutterby J.A. (Editor)

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The purpose of this chapter is to examine how early childhood development (ECD) programs are being established and supported in The Republic of Zambia, a landlocked country in southern Africa. First, we discuss the rationale for ECD programs. Based on a 10-day field visit to Zambia where we observed ECD programs, interviewed policy officials, and held focus groups with families, educators, and community groups, we reflect on practice and policy implications regarding supporting and increasing high-quality early education programs. Based on the analysis of this field visit, we provide some preliminary recommendations on increasing access to high-quality ECD programs. We also discuss the limitations of this study and the need for additional studies, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Copyright © 2012 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarly Education in a Global Context
EditorsJohn A. Sutterby
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9781781900741
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Africa
  • early childhood development
  • policy
  • practice
  • Zambia


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