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World Bank Early Child Development​

FRANCES BEATON-DAY

Frances Beaton-Day is a specialist Early Childhood Development consultant working with the World Bank’s Early Learning Partnership (ELP) team for the last five years. She is the co-author of a recent World Bank flagship report on childcare, Better Jobs and Brighter Futures: Investing in Childcare to Build Human Capital, and is co-leading a work program to support country teams and governments to invest in more and better quality childcare. Fran has also specifically supported the design and implementation of preschool operations in Cote d’Ivoire, India and Liberia. Prior to joining the ELP team, Fran worked across education programs at Save the Children Australia and at Ark in London. She started her career as a management consultant, spending four years at the Boston Consulting Group in London before moving into the international development sector.

Opening Keynote

Better Jobs and Brighter Futures: Investing in Childcare to Build Human Capital

Childcare is at the center of many critical issues that governments around the world are facing as they seek to fight poverty, build human capital and increase equity. Expanding access to quality childcare and early learning has the potential to yield multi-generational impacts by improving women’s employment and productivity, child outcomes, family welfare, business productivity and overall economic development. The World Bank’s recent white paper, “Better Jobs and Brighter Futures: Investing in Childcare to Build Human Capital.” presents the evidence for why childcare matters, look at current state of childcare and early learning provision worldwide including estimates on the need and global gap in access, and proposes specific actions countries can take to expand access to quality, affordable childcare for all families that need it, especially the most vulnerable families. The paper was originally drafted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but was updated to include new content, taking into account the unique chal­lenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses for families, children, governments and the childcare industry, as well as the importance of investing in childcare to drive coun­tries' economic recovery.​