Early childhood education in Taiwan

Eva E. Chen*, Hui Li

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter discusses the development of early childhood education (ECE) in Taiwan. Kindergartens and daycare centers were initially set up to serve children from diverse families, often with little guidance on pedagogical principles. However, over the years, the number and quality of schools increased; and in the past decade, the importance of ECE has become widely recognized by its various stakeholders – the government, early childhood educators, and the families of young children. In accordance with this recognition, a number of governmental policies have been introduced to strengthen the affordability, accessibility, and accountability of the early childhood education services available in Taiwan. These policies have impacted ECE and will continue to exert influence over the educational experiences of future generations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarly childhood education in Chinese societies
EditorsNirmala Rao, Jing Zhou, Jin Sun
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789402410044
ISBN (Print)9789402410037
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
ISSN (Print)2468-8746
ISSN (Electronic)2468-8754


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  • early childhood education
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  • Japanese colonial
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