The development of the Regional Guidelines on Innovative Financing Mechanisms and Partnerships for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) was a joint initiative of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP). The Guidelines are part of UNESCO Bangkok’s “Exploring innovative financing and mechanisms for ensuring free
inclusive and equitable quality pre-primary education for all in Asia-Pacific” project, which is supported by the Ministry of Economy and Finance Republic of Korea. This publication benefited greatly from the tireless efforts of Sheldon Shaeffer, Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), who provided his substantive guidance and strategic vision to help reach the finish line. Insights, knowledge and experiences, notably from Amalia Miranda Serrano, Christin McConnell, Diane Coury, Igor Kitaev, Nyi Nyi Thaung, Sarah Fuller, Satoko Yano and Yoshie Kaga, were key to this publication. The first draft of this document was initially used as a background document for the Regional Consultation Workshop on Innovative Financing Mechanisms and Partnerships for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), held in Bali, Indonesia in September 2018, organized by UNESCO Bangkok, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia and SEAMEO CECCEP. This paper is the result of the discussions, expert inputs and contributions by the participants to the meeting (see the list of participants in Annex 2).
The project was managed and coordinated by the UNESCO Bangkok project team, comprising Maki Hayashikawa, Kyungah Bang, Sangwoo Park, Ricelie Maria, Risa Shibata (intern), Anna Hata (intern), and Brynn Acker (intern), as well as Dwi Priyono, Hani Yulidrasari, Heny Djoehaeni,