Global Business Coalition for Education

GBC-Education’s work in early childhood development (ECD) is focused on increasing children’s access to comprehensive programs that emphasize early learning, child and maternal health, child care, and nutrition—aligning with the Sustainable Development Goal target that all children “have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education.” Through the efforts of the Business for Early Childhood Development Task Force, GBC-Education remains committed to demonstrating the value of business engaging in the early years.

A girl plays during recess on the rooftop of the Kibera School For Girls in Nairobi, Kenya, February 29, 2016.

The Business Case for Engaging in Early Childhood Development

In June 2016, GBC-Education released a report outlining the business case for engaging in ECD. The report highlights the substantial benefits incurred by children, business, and society by investing in ECD from economic, scientific, and equity standpoints. It also provides guidance on how business can leverage its assets to support ECD. Click here to learn 4 ways that businesses can engage.


Business for Early Childhood Development Task Force

Established in the fall of 2014, initially in collaboration with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, the Business for Early Childhood Development (Biz4ECD) Task Force seeks to demonstrate the value that businesses attach to investing in young children by using its collective power to influence global discussions, country and company policies, and practice. The Biz4ECD Task Force is comprised of business and foundation leaders with an interest in developing today the workforce of tomorrow.


Our vision is a world where all children meet their full developmental potential to become productive workers and responsible citizens in society.


The work of the Task Force is structured around effecting change at the company, country, and global levels around three main areas:

  1. Messaging: Establish common messaging that highlights the business case for and benefits from investments in ECD
  2. Influence: Advocate for ECD internally within a company and externally to policymakers and business associations by establishing good practice guidelines and researching areas to pursue action
  3. Action: Effecting change on the ground through actions at the corporate policy and programmatic implementation levels
Tokunboh Durosaro, Director of the Oando Foundation and co-Chair of the Business for ECD Task Force, moderates discussion with the Biz4ECD Task Force.

Tokunboh Durosaro, former Director of the Oando Foundation, moderates discussion with the Task Force.

Learn More:


Contact us at to learn more and get involved.


Kibera Code Club Photos © Adriane Ohanesian/A World at School.
Biz4ECD Task Force Photos © Steve Gong/A World at School.