The System Prototipe
An adaptable model
The System Prototype is thus generalized and must be adapted to national, regional, or local context, circumstances and joint ownership by system stakeholders. It can simplify and hasten ECCE system design, though, by clarifying tasks and considerations that are relevant across most national contexts. And more importantly, it is the process of adaptation that constitutes the complex work of ECCE system building, and of closing the gap between the sophisticated ECCE literature and fragmented global practices.
a) the economic and social vantage of ECCE’s remarkably high rate of return as an investment;
b) the vantage of the rationale for a systems orientation. This summary relies on the literature and gives extensive references to it, and includes as annex five important and publicly available documents that constitute an ECCE primer and more in-depth immersion into the literature.
The System Prototype’s purpose is not to furnish a new, comprehensive review to add to these able productions that are already available. Instead, the need this System Prototype seeks to fill is provision of hands-on tools for ECCE analysis and identification of critical constraints that prevent MSs from attaining and sustaining comprehensive, integrated ECCE systems.
As fully as possible, the System Prototype avoids language or terminology specialized to individual ECCE-relevant fields. Yet as a caution, efforts to plan and create multisector and multilevel systems are fraught with difficulty and with the need to understand the perspectives, ways of thinking, and approaches of others. Genuine and productive collaboration and communication require a sophisticated competence of stepping out of familiar conceptual frameworks and internalizing unfamiliar frameworks in service of productive joint results. A document meant to speak to all stakeholders will inevitably make references unfamiliar to each. This dynamic is familiar in any type of collaborative activity, yet it is especially urgent for ECCE stakeholders to brace for the hard work of crossing communication boundaries to enable the healthy and holistic early life experience that is the right of every child.