We strive to enhance the implementation of early childhood development services, build stakeholders' capacity, create and manage knowledge, actively advocate, and strengthen partnerships in our programme countries.
Early childhood care and support have a profound impact on the overall development of children and society at large. However, the World Bank estimates that 250 million children under the age of five live in poverty and lack health care, nutrition, learning, early stimulation and responsive care. Ultimately due to poverty and lack of vital services early in life, 250 million children do not reach their full developmental potential globally. Early Care International strives to improve the conditions for children in low and middle-income countries.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes support children’s growth and development from birth to age five. It includes programmes and services that support nurturing care, including health, nutrition, play, learning and protection. Its interventions address four developmental domains of a growing child-physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional development. Early Care International promotes and advocates for ECD programmes. To achieve our objectives, we:
• Mobilise resources to support ECD programmes
• Promote accessible, equitable and quality ECD programmes
• Strengthen collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders
• Advocate and build the capacity of stakeholders
• Manage, create and share contextual knowledge
Early Care International actively works with stakeholders to integrate play-based approaches and methods into ECD programmes. Play is a fundamental approach to enhance the holistic development of children.
In the coming two years Early Care International will focus on projects that aim to improve Early Childhood services in Ethiopia. As most of the people working at the organisation have work and life experiences in Ethiopia, this has given an indepth cross-cultural understanding and vast network of organisations to effectively implement projects.
Currently we have two projects in Ethiopia:
The first is a small-scale intervention that we are implementing together with ESD and our Danish-based partner Civil Connections in Ethiopia. The aim of the project is to map the existing early childhood development programmes. By looking into the programme implementation in the national strategy, how different actors fulfil their roles, and how cross-sectoral working groups can lead to more coordinated planning, the project aims to map out information on early childhood development programmes in Ethiopia and then create a digital learning platform!
The second intervention is a pilot project which we are implementing in Ethiopia together with the Norwegian based NGO Children and War Foundation and the Ethiopian Public Health Institution. The project aims to train non-specialised front line workers in war-affected areas to psycho-educate a group of children on a set of recovery techniques developed by the Children and War Foundation. The techniques have been proved effective in helping children recover from trauma symptoms in several war-affected areas. We will determine if this is helpful in the Ethiopian war-affected areas.
Our work at Early Care International aims to achieve holistic and equitable early childhood development programmes that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030.
Several studies indicate that investing in the early years can eliminate extreme poverty and create the human capital
needed for economies to grow.
Access to quality early childhood education for all children regardless of gender is crucial for social development.
Investing in the early years under the age of five allows children to reach their full developmental potential.
Equal access to early childhood development programmes minimises societal inequalities.
Access to quality early childhood education improves the chance of landing high-skill jobs.
The success of early childhood development programmes depends
on intersectoral partnership.