The “Country Profiles for Early Childhood Development” are developed by UNICEF in collaboration with Countdown to 2030 Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health. The profiles are an attempt to compile, in one place, the available data for country and cross-country monitoring and to provide a baseline against which progress can be monitored.

The profiles are updated annually. An initial set of 91 country profiles was released in May 2018, alongside the launch of the Nurturing Care Framework. The set was expanded and updated to include 138 low- and middle-income countries in 2019, and then expanded again in 2020.

The 2021 country profiles cover 42 ECD indicators and 197 countries, including 60 high-income countries (HICs), that encompass 99·8% of the world's children younger than 5 years. The profiles include data on child disability, and translations into Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish.

Refer to the Technical Appendix in the full report for more detailed information on the indicators, including the rationale for including the indicator, the definition of the indicator and the data source.

Click the country name below to download the individual 2021 profiles in .PDF format

2021 Country profiles for ECD

Launch event: 14 December 2021
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