We strive to coordinate early child development programmes, build stakeholders' capacity, create and manage knowledge, actively advocate, and strengthen partnerships in low and middle-income countries.

What we do and why

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 Care International promotes and advocates for early childhood development (ECD) programmes, including healthcare, education, and psychosocial support for children early in life. 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.

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.