About Us


The Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Council is a government agency mandated by Republic Act 10410, or the Early Years Act of 2013, to act as the primary agency supporting the government’s ECCD programs that covers health, nutrition, early education, and social services for children ages 0-4 years. It is responsible in developing policies and programs, providing technical assistance and support to ECCD service providers, and monitoring ECCD service benefits and outcomes.


To contribute to nation-building by ensuring that all Filipino children aged 0 to 4 are provided with developmentally-appropriate experiences to address their holistic needs.


By 2030, the ECCD Council shall have fully implemented a comprehensive, integrative, and sustainable National System for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) throughout the country.


To implement the National Early Childhood Care and Development System of the Philippines by:

  • Promulgating policies and implementing guidelines for ECCD programs.
  • Establishing ECCD program standards that reflect developmentally appropriate practices for ECCD programs.
  • Developing a national system for the recruitment, registration, accreditation, continuing education and equivalency,and credential system of ECCD service providers, supervisors, and administrators to improve and professionalize the ECCD sector.
  • Upgrading quality standards of public and private ECCD programs
  • Developing a national system of awards and recognition to deserving ECCD programs implementers and service providers.
  • Promoting,encouraging, and coordinating the various ECCD programs of the Department of Education,the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Health, and the National Nutrition Council.
  • Monitoring the delivery of services to the ECCD program beneficiaries nationwide.
  • Evaluating and assessing the impact and outcome of various ECCD programs nationwide through an effective information system.
  • Developing a nationa lsystem for early identification, screening, and surveillance of young children from age zero (0) to four (4) years.
  • Developing various support mechanisms that maximize public and private resources for implementing ECCD programs – giving high priority to the needy and high risk children from poor communities.
  • Providing funds to poor and disadvantaged community’s for the establishment and expansion of public ECCD programs, improvement of physical facilities, and for hiring ECCD service providers.
  • Promoting and encouraging private sector initiatives for the establishment of ECCD programs.
  • Providing guidelines for the conduct of solicitations from local and international civic organizations, and request private foundations to supplement available resources.
  • Performing other functions as the ECCD Council may deem necessary.

Legal Bases

Republic Act. 10410
The Early Years Act of 2013

"An act recognizing the age from zero (0) to eight (8) years as the first crucial stage of educational development and strengthening the early childhood care and development system, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes"

Executive Order no. 806

"Affirming the Roles of the ECCD Council and the Council for the Welfare of Children(CWC)"

Date Issued June 8, 2009

Executive Order no. 778

"Transforming the Council for the Welfare of Children into the Early Childhood Care and Development Council"

Date Issued January 13, 2009

Republic Act 8980

"An Act Promulgating a Comprehensive Policy and National System for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD)"

Date Issued December 5, 2000