Governance and financing of early childhood education (ECE) are complex, involving multiple actors,
levels, objectives, and approaches, from general expansion of education access to targeted coverage of
the most underserved. Coordination of actors and local community engagement in ECE are important
dimensions in the governance and sustainability of ECE, above and beyond specific financing sources and
arrangements. More than policies or systems alone, the quality and nature of governance is directly
linked to a program’s chances for sustainability.