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The quest for quality and fairness: A conceptual framework for measuring and monitoring the quality of early childhood education services

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n Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, (CEE/CIS region) access to Early Childhood Education (ECE) services, although generally still limited and unequal, has begun to improve in the last decade, but the quality of ECE services is a source of concern in several countries. There is a need for conceptual and measurement tools to gather and analyze data in order to assess and monitor the quality of early education services in the region.
The objective of this work is to develop a comprehensive framework to monitor the quality of early education in the CEE/CIS region. The framework is intended as a tool to help ECE stakeholders prioritize quality and equity in the provision of early education services and operationalize the monitoring and improvement of ECE services based on quality factors that can be easily monitored.

This work is based on a review of the added value of ECE services especially for young children from disadvantaged environments. Two main approaches to measure, monitor and improve ECE services are considered (a) the market/regulation approach and the (b) cultural/anthropological approach. The methodology used is (a) a data analysis on young children and ECE services in the region (b) secondary analysis of selected quality frameworks especially in the EU context.

A quality framework for ECE services that synthesizes the above two approaches is being proposed, linking quality and equity dimensions and setting indicators and targets, and operationalizing the quality framework by countries themselves.
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Zafeirakou, Aglaia. "The quest for quality and fairness: A conceptual framework for measuring and monitoring the quality of early childhood education services" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486585_index.html>

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Zafeirakou, A. "The quest for quality and fairness: A conceptual framework for measuring and monitoring the quality of early childhood education services" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486585_index.html

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Abstract: n Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, (CEE/CIS region) access to Early Childhood Education (ECE) services, although generally still limited and unequal, has begun to improve in the last decade, but the quality of ECE services is a source of concern in several countries. There is a need for conceptual and measurement tools to gather and analyze data in order to assess and monitor the quality of early education services in the region.
The objective of this work is to develop a comprehensive framework to monitor the quality of early education in the CEE/CIS region. The framework is intended as a tool to help ECE stakeholders prioritize quality and equity in the provision of early education services and operationalize the monitoring and improvement of ECE services based on quality factors that can be easily monitored.

This work is based on a review of the added value of ECE services especially for young children from disadvantaged environments. Two main approaches to measure, monitor and improve ECE services are considered (a) the market/regulation approach and the (b) cultural/anthropological approach. The methodology used is (a) a data analysis on young children and ECE services in the region (b) secondary analysis of selected quality frameworks especially in the EU context.

A quality framework for ECE services that synthesizes the above two approaches is being proposed, linking quality and equity dimensions and setting indicators and targets, and operationalizing the quality framework by countries themselves.


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