Early Childhood

EDC has been implementing innovative early childhood programming in some of the hardest-to-reach areas of the world for decades. Successful programs in countries as diverse as Honduras, Malawi, Bolivia, El Salvador, Nepal, Paraguay, Tanzania, Egypt, and Indonesia have incorporated innovative instructional interventions, capacity development of caregivers and teachers, and the engagement of communities to support enhanced and expanded high-quality preschool experiences for some of the world’s most disadvantaged children. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of children, the adults who work with them, and their broader communities, to help ensure sustainability and extension once the original funding has ceased.

EDC designs and implements early childhood and school readiness programs to develop pre-school children's socio-emotional abilities, psychomotor skills, academic preparedness, and sound health and nutrition practices. Our early childhood development (ECD) programs also help children who speak dialects or different languages at home adjust more quickly to the language of instruction. Our programs encourage family and community participation because we believe that aware and involved parents and community members are critical to the growth and sustainability of an ECD program.

At EDC we know that combining the strengths of children, families, and communities leads to significant payoffs—children’s success in school, long-term social integration, and life chances are improved; social and economic gaps can be narrowed; and overall development accelerated, particularly in low-resource, disadvantaged communities.

Our early childhood programming also links responses to the needs of youth and the needs of young children. Several of our ECD programs have combined the provision of high-quality programming for children with the preparation of young people from low-resource communities to be high-quality caregivers, center directors, and teachers. Demand for expanded, high-quality ECD services on the part of parents and communities dovetails with the desire of mostly female youth to find safe and respectable work, thus meeting two sets of needs in one program.

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For more information about EDC's work, please email IDDinfo@edc.org.