This network was founded in 1994 at the initiative of several Latin American organisations and networks during the process of regionalisation that began in the 1980s by the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development. The network’s objectives include: the exchange of information and knowledge to promote mobilisation, the positioning of early childhood in the region, the democratisation of information, the promotion of debate, and contributions aimed at putting early childhood on the agendas of countries in the region. In Latin America, the Network is made up of regional networks, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and international and regional organisations. Its actions are local, national and international. A team from the Colombian group the Centro International de Educación y Desarrollo Humano (CINDE - International Centre on Education and Human Development) plays the role of Technical Secretariat.
The Network makes strategies such as these available to childhood education stakeholders:
• Promoting the network’s common objectives and work among the main regional and national organisations, agencies, and institutions.
• Drafting and distributing publications.
• Hosting gatherings and specialised workshops.
• Promotion of joint projects among members and advocacy with regard to regional and national level policies.
• Mapping sectorial or integrated policies regarding early childhood education and training processes in the region, at all different levels.
• Maintenance of a Spanish language website about childhood in Latin America that works as a link among organisations and individuals who work in early childhood care and development. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) provided support for the creation and administration of the site and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided financing.
Communication and mobilisation strategies promoted by the Early Childhood Advisory Group Network include:
• Participation and empowerment of key stakeholders.
• Positioning arguments that determine the relevance and pertinence of integral early childhood care.
• Periodic meetings with decision makers.
• Deepening and democratisation of knowledge about living conditions and interests among girls and boys from the mother's pregnancy to the child's 7th year of age.
• Periodic updating of the directory of pertinent regional networks and the purposes of this Network.
• Assistance in systematising and sharing of experiences.
• Identification of early childhood indicators.
• Incorporation of specific modules in national measurement tools.
• Definition of strategies that promote and facilitate the efficient use of information.
• Strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems.
• Strengthening and/or defining technical assistance strategies by the whole Network to meet the interests and requirements of any of its members.
• Training and exchange of experiences.
• Development of models or pilot programmes on integral care.
Early Childhood, Education, Rights.
According to CINDE, based upon the experience and knowledge of the Early Childhood Advisory Group Network in Latin America, it is fundamental to promote network-based cooperation at every level and with all stakeholders among every sector, allowing people and organisations to grow and coordinate their work in support of early childhood.