This new report from GDI and Taumba Advisory provides an in-depth analysis of the status of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Kenya at the county level to establish the progress and commitment of county governments in supporting ECD. The report also provides recommendations for strengthening the delivery of education at the county level which can be used by Government Officials and other ECD stakeholders for awareness creation and advocacy for the realization of child rights.
The early years in a child’s life, from 0 to 8 years, are the most important time for supporting holistic development and preparing the child for future success in life. In the last two decades, there has been a growing body of evidence from a variety of disciplines recognizing that investments in Early Childhood Development (ECD) are one of the best ways to lay a strong foundation for health, well-being, learning, and productivity.
Investing in ECD has strong dividends to individuals, communities, and national economies through improved livelihoods, workforce participation, and GDP growth. Every dollar invested in high-quality early childhood development yields between four to nine dollars in economic returns over the long term.