Community Based Early Childhood Care and Development
Summary: Mulumbo Early Childhood Care and Development runs community-based centers that provide ECED services to children ages 0-8 in economically vulnerable communities in Zambia, advocates for increased national attention to ECED, and mentors other ECED programs. --- Mulumbo is a community-based early childhood education and development (ECED) program that runs a chain of ECED centers where children are given the chance to play, interact, and develop foundational skills. Centers are run by trained caregivers from within the community. The community-focused nature of the program has proven key to its success, as communities have taken ownership over the centers and become invested in their outcomes and sustainability. Parents from the...
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Description of Scale and Reach
Mulumbo has grown since its inception to currently operate 7 early childhood development centers throughout Zambia. The program started in 2001 using community church and local authority buildings that could accommodate about 20 children per ECD center. To-date, the program has developed infrastructure comprising 2 classroom block with an office, storage room, a tuck-shop, 4 flush toilets and 4 ventilated toilets at Chililalila ECD Center. The center can accommodate 150 children. The program has also constructed 2 classrooms, an office, counseling room, kitchen and is operating a baking business and a restaurant. Infrastructures have been given by the authorities for ECD activities in Garden, Zambezi, Makandanyama and Mulamatila, and have been rehabilitated and are accommodating 50 children each. The organization is implementing a capacity building and mentorship project for community based organizations working in the area of ECD. So far 10 CBOs have received training and mentorship. This work being done by the CBOs is a replicate of the program. The program has evolved since inception in that economic empowerment activities are a key component programming. The program is making strides in ensuring that community are empowered with entrepreneurship skills that are aimed at helping them operate income generating activities for program sustainability. Two centers are conducting IGAs namely, a tuck-shop, a restaurant and baking.