ECD Database & Resources from Esther Goh

ECD databases and other resources assembled by Esther Goh, ECD specialist from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, and a speaker at the Dart Center's Early Childhood Reporting Institute: Covering Trauma, Resilience and the Developing Brain; June 28 - July 2, 2018; New York City.

UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)

Countries: 112 countries, but only 33 has conducted the ECD module

Content: The MICS collected data in country on the well-being of women and children. Within each country, the government works closely with the UNICEF team to plan and design the survey, and then to implement the survey. All the collected data is relevant to young children, mothers and families. This includes the data on health, nutrition, and wellbeing. However, not every country has collected data on ECD indicators, which are more closely related to the home environment and child development.

Data Source: Data is collected by the government and MICS data team through Household Surveys, which are self-reported by families.


Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS)

Countries: over 90 countries where there are US-funded programs

Content: DHS indicators include data points on health, nutrition, household characteristics, poverty/wealth. Data is collected every 5 years.

Data Source: USAID


World Bank Open Data

Content: The World Bank compiles data from each country’s national data collection systems. It analyses this data to show global comparisons on poverty, health, education, nutrition, etc.

Data Source: Member countries


World Bank – Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER)

Countries: 130 countries. Notable exclusions – Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, India, South Africa, Venezuela.

Content: SABER provides comparative data and analysis on education system policies and institutions within each country. It examines both the policy intent and implementation within country. While it covers the entire education system, it also has included a section on ECD policies. Within the ECD sector, only 37 countries have data collected and represented here.

Data Source: From each country.


Health Management Information System (HMIS)

Content: Most countries would have collected health related data at a national level. This would be a starting point to find sub-national data, specific to health indicators such as infant mortality, stunting, maternal health, immunization, etc.

Data Source: -


Education Management Information System (EMIS)

Content: While most countries would have collected education related data, some of this information can also be found within the SABER database.


UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Content: The UIS covers data on education systems, particularly reporting on the SDG 4. It includes raw data, analysis and several visualizations to help the user make sense of the data.

Data Source: National statistical offices, line ministries and technical partners


Child Trends Databank

Countries: USA

Content: Indicators and analysis of over 120 indicators across a child’s life, from pregnancy to adolescence.

Data Source: National data, such as from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA)

Content: Developed by Save the Children, IDELA is a global tool which measures children’s early learning and development, for the ages between 3.5 – 6 years. This is a program evaluation tool which provides data on the gains achieved through specific interventions.

Data Source: Implementation partners, research teams

Country Profiles

Africa Early Childhood Network

Countries: All SSA countries

Content: Country level data related to child protection, early learning, maternal & child health, nutrition and national ECD policies.

Data Source: State of the World Children 2016 – 2011, 2008 – 2003, 2001 – 2000, 1998, UNESCO Institute for Statistics 2015, KNOEMA 2016, CIA World Fact Book 2015 Estimates, UNESCO EFA Report 2015, Demographic Health Report 2013-2015, World Bank Data Report 2014 and Ministry of Education Reports From Various African Countries.


Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood

Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR

Content: Country level data related to health, nutrition, early learning, child protection, responsive caregiving and national ECD policies.

Data Source: Various sources, including but not limited to MICS, World Bank, UIS.


Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development

Countries: 90 countries

Content: Country level data related to child protection, early learning, maternal & child health, nutrition and national ECD policies. These profiles also include information on noteworthy practices within the country, priorities, challenges and key policies.

Data Source: Various sources, including but not limited to MICS, World Bank, UIS.


Other Relevant Resources

OECD (n.d.). Investing in high-quality early childhood education and care (ECEC).

Brookings Institute (2015). Investing in early childhood development: What is being spent, and what does it cost?