Early childhood development (ECD) interventions from birth to entry into school are among the most cost-effective ways to improve outcomes for vulnerable and at-risk children.
Through a multi-sector approach, we promote children’s cognitive, linguistic, socio-emotional, and physical development. We link ECD providers, child-supportive resources, and the community so that vulnerable children and families can access the services they need.
An integral part of our ECD effort is community sensitization to improve support for children’s learning among parents, governments, and traditional leaders. We work with local partners and caregivers to promote awareness and skills in early childhood nutrition, stimulation, and nurturing care encompassing the first 1,000 days and beyond of a child’s life.
We help ECD centers, government ministries, and other stakeholders expand their reach and improve service quality. We mobilize communities to establish and support ECD centers and train educators to lead interactive and learner-centered activities. We also build the capacity of local government partners to administer early-grade reading assessment and use the results to inform education policies and decisions.