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The Double Dividend: Childcare that's affordable and high quality - June 2014 PDF document

How can we achieve the "double dividend" of making childcare more affordable while at the same time raising its quality? Start Strong proposes an approach based on public investment in services, with funding linked to quality. Read more

Local and European Elections 2014: Supporting Children Locally and in Europe - May 2014 PDF document

At local and European levels, there’s a lot that our elected representatives can do to give children the best start in life. Our election flyer asks local and European candidates 3 key questions. Read more

"Shaping the Future" - April 2013 YouTube

"Shaping the Future" - Start Strong's Submission to the National Early Years Strategy Read more

Towards a Scandinavian Childcare System - November 2012 PDF document

Barnardos and Start Strong have worked together to prepare this short paper that compares the current provision of childcare and after-school services in Ireland for 0-12 year olds with the Scandinavian systems to which Minister Burton referred in the Dail in April 2012. Read more

The economics of children's early years - December 2011 PDF document

'The Economics of Children's Early Years - Early Care and Education in Ireland: Costs and Benefits', published in December 2011, gives an overview of recent research on the economics of children's early care and education. It demonstrates the compelling economic case for Government investment in children's early years. Read more