Fiscal Costs of Expanding Early Childhood Development Service in Saint Lucia


The purpose of this study is to contribute to the policy debate on public investment in expanding early childhood development (ECD) services in Saint Lucia. This study aims to examine the possible costs associated with increasing public intervention in the ECD services market in Saint Lucia.

In Saint Lucia, meaningful and effective public intervention in the childcare market is necessary to create a system that works for all parents/guardians and children, and that benefits the overall economy. In fact, an increase in access to quality early childhood services can have several social and economic benefits, and help to bring Saint Lucia closer to meeting various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The study was carried out with funding support by UN Women and the Joint SDG Fund.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Latin America and the Caribbean Saint Lucia

Subject areas: Care and support services Gender data production and collection Gender equality and women’s empowerment Social protection Unpaid work

Resource type(s): Research papers Guidance notes

UN Women office publishing: Multi-Country Office – Caribbean

Publishing entity/ies: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)