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ACT NO. 8980
ACT NO. 8980
ACT PROMULGATING A COMPREHENSIVE POLICY AND A NATIONAL SYSTEM FOR EARLY
CHILDHOOD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT (ECCD), PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR
Short Title. - This Act shall be known as the "ECCD
Sec. 2. Declaration
of Policy. - It is hereby declared the policy of the State to
the rights of children to survival, development and special protection
with full recognition of the nature of childhood and its special needs;
and to support parents in their roles as primary caregivers and as
children's first teachers. The State shall institutionalize a National
System for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) that is
integrative and sustainable, that involves multi-sectoral and
collaboration at the national and local levels among government; among
service providers, families and communities; and among the public and
sectors, non-government organizations, professional associations, and
institutions, This System shall promote the inclusion of children with
special needs and advocate respect for cultural diversity. It shall be
anchored on complementary strategies for ECCD that include service
for children from conception to age six (6), educating parents and
encouraging the active involvement of parents and communities in ECCD
raising awareness about the importance of ECCD, and promoting community
development efforts that improve the quality of life for young children
Sec. 3. Objectives.
- The objectives of the National ECCD System are:
improved infant and child survival rates by ensuring that adequate
and nutrition programs are accessible to young children and their
from the pre-natal period throughout the early childhood years;
the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, psychological, spiritual
language development of young children;
the role of parents and other caregivers as the primary caregivers and
educators of their children from birth onwards;
a smooth transition from care and education provided at home to
or school-based setting and to primary school;
the capabilities of service providers and their supervisors to comply
quality standards for various ECCD programs;
and sustain the efforts of communities to promote ECCD programs and
that special support is provided for poor and disadvantaged communities;
that young children are adequately prepared for the formal learning
and that both public and private schools are responsive to the
needs of these children;
an efficient system for early identification, prevention, referral and
intervention for developmental disorders and disabilities in early
the quality standards of public and private ECCD programs through, but
not limited to, a registration and credential system for ECCD service
Sec. 4. Definitions.
- For purposes of this Act:
Care and Development (ECCD) System refers to the full range of health,
nutrition, early education and social services programs that provide
the basic holistic needs of young children from birth to age six (6),
promote their optimum growth and development. These programs include:
programs, such as the day care service established under Republic Act
6972, public and private pre-schools, kindergarten or school-based
community or church-based early childhood education programs initiated
by non-government organizations or people's organizations,
child care and education programs, child-minding centers, health
and stations; and
programs, such as the neighborhood-based play groups, family day care
parent education and home visiting programs.
Providers include the various professionals, paraprofessionals, and
caregivers who are directly responsible for the care and education of
children through the various center and home-based programs. They
but are not limited to, day care workers, teachers, teacher-aides,
health midwives, social workers, community health workers, barangay
scholars, parent effectiveness service volunteers, child development
and family day care providers.
refers to the age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate
objectives, program of activities, organized learning experiences and
learning materials for children that are implemented by service
through center and home-based programs. It shall consist of national
goals and guidelines, instructional objectives, and content outlines
local learning experiences and indigenous learning materials.
refers to the various formal and alternative means of providing parents
with information, skills, and support systems to assist them in their
as their children's primary caregivers and educators. These include
and private parent education programs linked to center, home and
child care and education programs.
Sec. 5. System
Framework and Components. - The ECCD System shall include the
Curriculum - which focuses on children's total development
to their individual needs and socio-cultural background. It shall
the delivery of complementary and integrative services for health care,
nutrition, early childhood education, sanitation, and cultural
It shall use the child's first language as the medium of instruction.
Education and Involvement, Advocacy, and Mobilization of Communities
- which harness and develop parents' strengths as providers of ECCD at
home, active partners or other stakeholders, advocates for community
that affect children, and pillars of support for local and national
programs through community organization efforts.
Resource Development Program - which establishes mechanisms for
systematic professionalization of ECCD service providers, through
in educational programs in site-based or distance educational modes,
pre-service or in-service training including continuing education
whereby a registration and credential system shall be developed in the
Management - which focuses on a continuing process of planning,
supervision, financial management, monitoring, evaluation and
It shall encourage the active involvement and build the capabilities of
service providers, parents, and local government officials to sustain
program, and it shall be guided by the principles of decentralization
stipulated in the Local
Government Code of 1991.
Standards and Accreditation - which ensures that each component in
the ECCD System complies with national quality standards, to be
by the National ECCD Coordinating Council as provided for under Section
8 of this Act, linked to an accreditation process.
Sec. 6. Establishment
of ECCD System. - The National ECCD System shall be established in
at least three (3) regions each year, as may be determined by the
ECCD Coordinating Council, to achieve national coverage over a
Sec. 7. Implementing
Arrangements and Operational Structures. - The implementation of
National ECCD System shall be the joint responsibility of the national
government agencies, local government units, non-government
and private organizations that are accredited to deliver the services
to provide training and technical assistance.
of the National Government - National government agencies shall be
responsible for developing policies and programs, providing technical
and support to the ECCD service providers in consultation with
committees at the provincial, city/municipal, and barangay levels, as
for in Section 8 of this Act, and monitoring of ECCD service benefits
outcomes. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the
Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), the Department of
(DOH), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of
(DA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Economic and
Authority (NEDA), and the National Nutrition Council (NNC) shall
prepare annual ECCD for work plans that will coordinate their
technical assistance and support for the National ECCD Program. They
consolidate existing program implementing guidelines that ensure
in integrated service delivery within the National ECCD System.
shall promote the National ECCD Program in schools. ECCD programs in
schools shall be under the joint responsibility of their respective
principal/school-head and parents-teachers-community association (PTCA)
within the standards set forth in the National ECCD System and under
guidance of the City/ Municipal ECCD Coordinating Committee for the
and equitable delivery of ECCD services. It shall also make available
facilities of public elementary schools for ECCD classes.
private pre-schools shall be registered by the Provincial or City ECCD
Coordinating Committee upon the recommendation of the respective
office of the DECS. NGO-initiated, community, church, home, and
service providers shall be registered upon the recommendation of the
social welfare and development office. These public and private ECCD
providers shall operate within the standards set forth in the National
ECCD System and under the guidance of the City/Municipal ECCD
Committee for the effective delivery of ECCD services.
of Local Government Units - Local government units (LGUs) shall be
primarily responsible for:
the National ECCD Program by providing basic public ECCD services;
the organization of parent cooperatives to initiate the establishment
that service providers of public ECCD programs under their supervision
shall be justly compensated, that adequate funds are made available,
their working conditions are conducive to fulfill national quality
counterpart funds for the training and continuing education of ECCD
providers, and supporting the operations of Provincial, City/Municipal
and Barangay ECCD Coordinating Committees.
of Families and Communities - The families and communities shall
the local ECCD programs by participating in various projects for the
development of their children.
Sec. 8. Creation
of National Coordinating Council and Coordinating Committees for ECCD.
- To ensure the sustained inter-agency and multi-sectoral
from the national, provincial, city/municipal to barangay levels, a
Coordinating Council and provincial, city/municipal and barangay
committees shall be organized.
ECCD Coordinating Council. - The Council for the Welfare of
(CWC) shall also function as the National ECCD Coordinating Council,
referred to as the Council, and shall hereby be under the Office of the
- In addition to the existing members of the CWC, two (2) private
who are ECCD practitioners and experts shall be appointed by the
upon recommendation of the Council, for a term of two (2) years subject
to one (1) reappointment. The Council shall meet once a month or as
as necessary. The Secretaries of the DSWD, DECS, DOH, and DILG shall
as co-chairpersons of the Council and must be represented by a person
a rank not lower than an Undersecretary.
Secretariat. - The CWC Secretariat shall also serve as the
of the Council. It shall be headed by an executive director, who shall
be appointed by the President, upon the recommendation of the Council.
He/She shall have the rank, privileges, and emoluments of a Career
Service Officer I. Nothing herein shall prejudice any right vested
to the enactment of this Act.
be created two (2) permanent positions of Deputy Executive Directors to
be appointed by the Council, one of whom shall be exclusively concerned
with ECCD programs and activities and the other exclusively with the
functions of the CWC. The Deputy Executive Directors shall be assisted
by senior technical staff to be seconded from the DSWD, DECS, DOH,
DOLE, DA, DOJ, NEDA and NNC for a period of at least two (2)
subject to renewal, and shall be entitled to whatever additional
the law allows for such secondment.
of the National ECCD Coordinating Council. - The Council shall:
policies and implementing guidelines for ECCD programs in consultation
with stakeholders at various levels, including the regional level when
appropriate, consistent with the national policy and program frameworks
as defined in this Act;
ECCD program standards that reflect developmentally appropriate and
relevant practices for ECCD programs, which shall interface with the
school curriculum of the DECS;
a national system for the recruitment, registration, continuing
and equivalency, and credential system of ECCD service providers,
and administrators to improve and professionalize the ECCD sector and
quality standards of public and private ECCD programs;
and implement a system of awards and recognition to deserving ECCD
implementors and service providers;
the various ECCD programs of each line agency and monitor the delivery
of services to the ECCD program beneficiaries nationwide;
and assess the impact and outcome of various ECCD programs nationwide
an effective information system;
and establish a national system for early identification, screening,
of early childhood disabilities, developmental problems, and giftedness;
and implement various support mechanisms that maximize the public and
resources for implementing ECCD programs, giving priority to the needy
and high risk children from poor communities;
counterpart funds to poor and disadvantaged communities for the
and expansion of public ECCD programs, improvement of physical
and for hiring of ECCD service providers;
and encourage private sector initiative for the establishment of ECCD
guidelines for ECCD Coordinating Committees at the provincial, city/
and barangay levels for the conduct of solicitations and requests for
from local and international civic organizations, private philanthropic
foundations to supplement available resources.
ECCD Coordinating Committee. Composition, Function, Secretariat. -
There shall be created in every province a Provincial ECCD Coordinating
- The Provincial ECCD Coordinating Committee shall be
Governor of the Province as Chairperson, Division Superintendent of
Provincial Planning and Development Officer, Provincial Budget Officer,
Provincial Health Officer, Provincial Director of DILG, Provincial
Welfare and Development Officer, Provincial Treasurer, President of the
Provincial League of Municipal Mayors, and two (2) representatives of
organizations operating ECCD programs appointed by the Committee, for a
two-year term, subject to one (1) reappointment, as members;
- The Provincial ECCD Coordinating Committee shall be under
Development Council and shall perform similar functions as the National
ECCD Coordinating Council as appropriate, including other functions
may be provided in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of this Act.
It shall coordinate the delivery of services and support from the
ECCD Coordinating Council and the national line agencies involved in
programs. It shall also support and complement the resources available
to municipalities and barangays in the province in the expansion and
of ECCD programs, as well as be responsible for the registration of
programs and service providers; and
- The Provincial ECCD Coordinating Committee shall organize a
which shall coordinate and monitor the effective implementation of ECCD
programs in the province. It shall be headed by the provincial ECCD
who shall be appointed by the Governor, upon the recommendation of the
Provincial ECCD Coordinating Committee. He/She skill have the rank,
and emoluments of a Department head.
(3) years of the establishment of the ECCD system in the province, the
salary, allowances and other benefits of the Provincial ECCD Officer
be paid for by the Council. Thereafter, such sums as may be necessary
the salaries, allowances and other benefits of the Provincial ECCD
shall be provided by the province.
ECCD Coordinating Committee; Composition, Functions, Secretariat.
shall be created in every city and municipality a City/Municipal ECCD
- The City/Municipal ECCD Coordinating Committee shall be composed of
City/Municipal Mayor as Chairperson, the Division Superintendent/
Supervisor of DECS, City/Municipal Planning and Development Officer,
Municipal Budget Officer, City/Municipal Health Officer, City/Municipal
Social Welfare and Development Officer, City/Municipal Local
Officer, City/Municipal Treasurer, City/Municipal Nutrition Officer,
of the Association of Barangay Captains in the City/Municipality,
of the Parent Teachers-Community Federation in the City/Municipality,
two (2) representatives of non-government organizations involved in
programs in the City/Municipality appointed by the Committee for a
term, subject to one (1) reappointment, as members.
- The City/Municipal ECCD Coordinating Committee shall be under the
development council and shall perform similar functions as the council
as appropriate, including other functions that may be provided in the
Rules and Regulations. It shall likewise support and complement the
available to barangays in the expansion and improvement of ECCD
coordinate and monitor the delivery of services at the barangay level,
ensure accurate reporting and documentation of service delivery, as
as mobilize and encourage private sector initiatives for the
of ECCD program implementors in tile city/municipality that conforms to
National ECCD System Standards.
- The City/Municipal ECCD Coordinating Committee shall
which shall coordinate and monitor the effective implementation of ECCD
programs in the city/municipality. It shall be headed by the
ECCD Officer, who shall be appointed by the mayor, upon the
of the City/Municipal ECCD Coordinating Committee.
ECCD Coordinating Committee - The Barangay Council for the
of Children (BCPC), created under Presidential Decree 603, shall also
as the Barangay ECCD Coordinating Committee. The BCPC shall be
for the proper and effective implementation of public ECCD programs and
maintenance of database system at the barangay level. Pursuant to this,
all barangays shall organize BCPCs in their respective areas.
be composed of, among others: the Barangay Captain, the school head/s
the barangay, the Barangay health midwife, the Barangay health worker,
the Barangay nutrition scholar, the day care worker/s, parents, the
Kabataan Chairman, and a representative from child-focused non
organizations/people's organizations, as members. The members of the
shall elect from among themselves the Chairperson.
ECCD Programs. - ECCD programs at the community level shall be
through a combination of public and private funds. All public ECCD
providers shall prioritize young children from families who are in
need and who can least afford private sector programs.
support for ECCD programs. - The government shall support public
program through cost-sharing arrangements that shall involve the LGUs,
and counterpart funds from the national government agencies for
assistance and support. Additional funds may be generated from
donors and financial institutions by the appropriate government
through the NEDA to support the public programs in fourth, fifth and
class municipalities including the urban poor. Funds shall be
to qualified LGUs through the Municipal Development Fund or other
mechanisms as prescribed by the Department of Finance (DOF) and based
guidelines from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The
may establish a trust fund to assist LGUs in the expansion and
of ECCD programs.
care programs, pre-natal and post-natal care, growth, monitoring and
and supplementary nutrition programs shall continue to be funded
the LGUs with technical support and additional resources from the DOH.
Program, Parent Effectiveness Service, Child-Minding Centers, Family
Care and Parent-Child Development Programs shall continue to be
by the LGUs in the form of construction of basic infrastructure,
of facilities, materials and equipment, and compensation for the
providers. The DSWD shall provide for technical assistance.
program in public schools shall continue to be supported by the DECS in
cooperation with the PTCAs, where applicable, by providing teacher
supplementary learning materials and reference materials for ECCD
DOH, and DILG shall support the implementation by LGUs of the National
ECCD Program and shall include in their respective annual general
beginning the fiscal year following the approval of this Act the
funding to achieve the goal of national coverage within a five-year
and sustain the Program from thereon. The work and financial plan of
DSWD, DECS, DOH, and DILG shall be coordinated with the Council.
for ECCD Programs. - Supported for ECCD programs can be solicited
local and international civic organizations, private philanthropic
to supplement available resources.
or related ECCD programs should be supported by corporations and
in the form of physical facilities and recurrent operating costs. The
cost incurred for employer or corporate-sponsored ECCD programs can be
deducted from taxable income: Provided, That the employer or
will not charge user fees.
to be Shouldered by Families. - The Council shall monitor user
and contributions allowed for both public and private programs to
that these are affordable and within reasonable limits.
public programs should be limited to monthly contributions intended to
subsidize recurrent costs. Parents are encouraged to contribute their
and services especially in cases where they are unable to afford the
Sec. 10. Appropriations.
- For the implementation of this Act, the amount of Four hundred
pesos (P400,000,000.00) per year for five (5) years is hereby
for the National ECCD Program of the council effective upon approval of
this Act. Said amount shall be funded from the gross income of the
Amusement and Gaming Corporation and shall be directly remitted in four
(4) quarterly installments to a special account of the Council.
such sums as may be necessary for the operations of the Council shall
included in the General Appropriations Act.
appropriations in the amount of Thirty million pesos (P30,000,000.00)
be provided to the Council from the President's Organizational
Fund upon approval of this Act.
The above appropriations
shall be separate and distinct from the annual budget of the CWC.
ECCD programs and technical support packages provided by the DSWD,
DOH, DILG, DOLE, DA, DOJ, NEDA, and the NNC shall be specified
separate line items in their respective annual budgets in the General
Act. Their annual ECCD workplans shall be the basis for these budgets
shall be released directly to their regional or provincial offices
Sec. 11. Annual
Report. - The Council shall, at the close of each calendar year,
an annual report to Congress, giving detailed account of its
and accomplishments during the year making recommendations for the
of measures that will improve the National ECCD System.
Sec. 12. Separability
Clause. - If any provision of this Act is declared
the same shall not affect the validity and effectivity of the other
Sec. 13. Repealing
Clause. - Pertinent provisions of Presidential
Decree No. 603 and Executive Order No. 233, all laws, Decrees,
orders, presidential proclamations, rules and regulations or parts
contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby
repealed or modified accordingly.
Sec. 14. Implementing
Rules and Regulations. - The Council in consultation with all
government agencies and non-government organizations shall formulate
issue the necessary rules and regulations for the implementation of
Act within ninety (90) days after the effectivity of this Act.
Sec. 15. Effectivity
Clause. - This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its
in the Official Gazette or in at least two (2) newspapers of
December 05, 2000.
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