Early Childhood Development

Program Spotlight

Kibera School for Girls

The Kibera School for Girls (KSG) is the first school specifically for girls in Kibera and the only free school in the area. This school serves the neediest girls, focusing on those most vulnerable to a life of prostitution and sexual abuse. The primary school offers the Kenyan education curriculum. However, instead of implementing a teacher-centered pedagogy, where students passively listen and demonstrate knowledge via exams, the Kibera School has enlisted education specialists to help design an innovative curriculum: capitalizing on how children best learn.

Background on Early Childhood Development

Every day, more children are making gains in health and learning after receiving early childhood development (ECD) interventions. Ensuring that “all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education” is now an explicit goal for the United Nations through 2030, but significant progress remains to be made to make quality early childhood programs accessible to all, including the poorest and most vulnerable.

The evidence base on the benefits of ECD is robust and growing. Less well known are practical examples of programs whose features have promise, especially related to ECD for disadvantaged children. The Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has identified more than 110 ECD programs implementing innovative solutions to improve both access and quality of ECD for the poor and marginalized.

Database At-A-Glance

Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from seven common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:

1) Close engagement of community members
2) Strengthening the ECD workforce
3) Providing comprehensive programming that combines interventions across sectors
4) Engaging and collaborating with governments
5) An emphasis on play
6) Provision through chains and networks
7) Mobile ECD centers serving nomadic communities


From providing support to nascent ECD centers to financing and PPPs, you can find innovations aiming to get children started on the road to success at a young age.

Early Childhood Development Programs in the CEI Database

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