Early Childhood Care and Education Centre
The ECCE center was set up in 2007 to leverage and institutionalize the experience Pratham has in early childhood care and education. Over the years, Pratham has been running a successful Balwadi program and in this process worked with and trained thousands of volunteers and pre-school teachers. The center is an attempt to consolidate and share the learning in this area through an institutional framework. Trainings in early childhood care and education is the key activity of the resource centre. Trainings are conducted for government and private pre-school teachers as well as for volunteers from within the community. Through the collaboration with the government ICDS to train the Anganwadi workers, the center seeks to strengthen the government pre-school learning program.The center also promotes entrepreneurial efforts in the field of ECCE. In addition, information on ECCE is also provided to mothers and urban and rural poor so that they are empowered with knowledge to improve the education and health of their children. Centers have been established in Maharashtra, Hyderabad and Allahabad and efforts are underway to set up additional centers.