Recent authoritative evidence suggests that an estimated 200 million children under five fail to achieve their developmental potential due to factors including poor health and nutrition and the lack of stable high quality care. A significant number of the world's children today lack the basic rights to health, development and protection. In light of such statistics, early childhood services for young children have expanded around the world. The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy draws critical attention to policy in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) its relationship to service provision and its impact on the lives of children and families. The perspectives of leading academics and researchers from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australasia and Asia have been arranged around five key themes: Part 1: The Relationship Between Research, Policy And Practice: Country Case Studies Part 2: Equitable Early Childhood Services: Intervention to Improve Children's Life Chances Part 3: Extending Practice: The Role of Early Childhood Services In Family Support Part 4: Participation, Rights and Diversity Part 5: Future Directions for Early Childhood Policy This handbook is essential reading for practitioners, stakeholders and others committed to working within early years services to achieve an awareness of policy and its implications for services and practice.

The Lives of Refugee Children: A Korean Example

The Lives of Refugee Children: A Korean Example

The Lives of Refugee Children: A Korean Example
Emily Seulgi Lee Shin Ji Kang

Introduction

The famous Underground Railroad of the nineteenth century was a network of secret routes extending throughout the United States that led slaves to the land of freedom. It was neither underground nor a railroad, but its name is an illustration of how the network functioned. In the twenty-first century, a modern-day Underground Railroad is in operation throughout eastern Asian countries. While the rest of the world is focused intently on the political tensions involved with North Korean nuclear weapons and the unpredictable endeavors of its dictator, Kim Jong-un, passengers from North Korea secretly board the ...

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