u003cdiv class=u0022custom-headu0022u003entu003ch3u003enttINTRODUCTIONntu003c/h3u003enu003c/divu003e

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003ePratham’s Early Childhood Education program works for the holistic development of children in the age group of 3-6 years through the use of local resources, low-cost and appropriate material and involvement of caregivers. To improve children’s basic abilities, Pratham focuses on five broad developmental domainsu003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022 style=u0022text-align: center;u0022u003eu003cstrongu003ePhysical Developmentu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eDevelop fine and gross motor skills, along with pre-writing abilitiesu003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022 style=u0022text-align: center;u0022u003eu003cstrongu003eSocio-Emotional Developmentu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eLearn to adapt to a new setting u0026amp; people, work in groups, individual, interaction u0026amp; interpersonal skillsu003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022 style=u0022text-align: center;u0022u003eu003cstrongu003eCognitive Developmentu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eDevelop basic problem-solving and pre-math abilities such as matching and counting, along with knowledge of colours, shape, symbols etc,u003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022 style=u0022text-align: center;u0022u003eu003cstrongu003eLanguage Developmentu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eDevelop basic vocabulary and improve the ability to express ideas confidently, both individually and in groupsu003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022 style=u0022text-align: center;u0022u003eu003cstrongu003eCreative Developmentu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eDevelop creative abilities, imagination and aesthetic appreciationu003c/pu003en

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u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eEarly Childhood is a period where brain development is at its peak. Fostering the right developmental abilities in children at this crucial stage has been closely associated with improved outcomes, such as better preparedness for school, enhanced retention and fewer behavioural problems. However, challenges of poverty, malnutrition and the lack of adequate resources can lead to deficiencies in stimulation at this age, which can impede the child’s development, resulting in persistent and exacerbated challenges later in life.u003c/pu003en

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u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eSome distinguishing elements of Pratham’s approach towards Early Childhood Education are:u003c/pu003en

u003ctable id=u0022yellow-tableu0022u003en u003ctru003en u003ctdu003eLocal Resourcesu003c/tdu003en u003ctdu003eContextual content u0026 low-cost materialu003c/tdu003en u003ctdu003eRegular Assessmentu003c/tdu003en u003ctdu003eMother Engagementu003c/tdu003en u003c/tru003enu003c/tableu003e

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eThis instructor or teacher is a local community member, who has a strong understanding of the local context, which helps her effectively interact with children and engage with parents.u003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eThe content is based on the child’s immediate surroundings. Activities are conducted with children in varying setups – big groups, small groups and individually – and are supported with contextualized print and play material such as flash cards, story books, story cards, picture cards, beads, clay and locally available objects of daily use.u003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eu003cspan class=u0022s1u0022u003eChildren are regularly assessed by instructors through simple activities and observations. Indicators for assessment are such that they are easy to observe, measure and communicate. The findings of these periodic assessments help instructors track children’s progress and are regularly communicated to parents as an engagement tool.u003c/spanu003eu003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eMothers are also engaged through periodic meetings, creation of mothers’ groups in the community and individual home visits. Mother engagement includes discussions, games and material creation and distribution.u003c/pu003en

u003cdiv class=u0022custom-head-pointedu0022u003entu003ch3u003enttDelivery Modelsntu003c/h3u003enu003c/divu003e

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003ePratham’s work in Early Childhood Education began over 20 years ago with community-based preschool centres in Mumbai, which were run by local young women.u003cspan class=u0022Apple-converted-spaceu0022u003e  u003c/spanu003eOver the years, the program has evolved to include multiple delivery models to suit the dynamic contexts and needs of different geographies across India. Today, Pratham’s ECE program is implemented in the following ways:u003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eu003cspan class=u0022s1u0022u003eDIRECT APPROACH: In the direct approach, a Pratham instructor conducts developmental activities every day with children. This is done either in the community Balwadi centres (set up where government centres are difficult to access) or sometimes within Anganwadi centres and pre-primary classes in government schools. Pratham’s direct work provides an opportunity to demonstrate best practices and experiment with new ideas and techniques. The direct approach is currently implemented in 10 states across India. u003c/spanu003eu003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eANGANWADI SUPPORT APPROACH: In the Anganwadi Support model, local unpaid volunteers are mobilized from the community to conduct activities in the Anganwadi centres every day. Anganwadi centres are run through the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development. These centres aim to provide an integrated package of services to young children and mothers, including immunization, supplementary nutrition, referral services, health check-ups, nutrition and health education and pre-school education. By providing regular training, demonstrating activities at Anganwadi centres, and conducting periodic on-site monitoring, Pratham equips the Anganwadi workers and community-based volunteers with a hands-on understanding of developmental activities to be conducted with children, thus improving the quality of educational inputs. Pratham also works towards the capacity building of the volunteers through different courses aimed at honing their professional competencies. With the objective of transferring learnings to community resources, this model seeks to create anchors in the community who support the growth and learning of young children. The Anganwadi Support approach is implemented in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.u003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eGOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP APPROACH: In formal government partnerships, Pratham u003cspan class=u0022s2u0022u003epartners with the state/district-level government to strengthen existing government infrastructure and resources for the quality provision of Early Childhood Education, either in Anganwadi centres or in pre-primary classes within government schools. Pratham and the government jointly work towards the development of the program, including designing curriculum and material, training government personnel and supporting other key elements such as on-site monitoring and mentoring, measurement and assessment and periodic reviews. Pratham views these government partnerships as a key pathway to achieving systemic change. Government partnerships are currently underway in states such as Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka and Telangana.u003c/spanu003eu003c/pu003en

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u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003ePratham has an observation- and activity-based approach to measuring children’s progress under the Early Childhood Education program. Assessment under the program is done in two ways:u003c/pu003en

u003ctable id=u0022teachers-tableu0022 cellspacing=u002210u0022u003en u003ctru003en u003cth width=u002250%u0022u003eTeacher-Led Assessmentu003c/thu003en u003cthu003eSample Based Assessmentu003c/thu003en u003c/tru003en u003ctru003en u003ctdu003eu003cpu003ePeriodic observation-based assessments by the Anganwadi worker/Pratham instructor/school teacher to help understand how each child is doing and track progress over the course of the year.u003c/pu003en u003cpu003eThis information is communicated to parents via a Child Report Card with easy-to-understand grading indicators. Pratham uses this as an effective engagement tool for parents.u003c/pu003eu003c/tdu003en u003ctdu003eu003cpu003eBaseline and endline assessments of randomly sampled children from intervention and control units conducted by external Pratham observers. Oral, written and observed data is collected on a variety of activities conducted individually and in small and large groups.u003c/pu003en u003cpu003eUsed to understand the impact of Pratham interventions on preschool children enrolled in Balwadis/Anganwadis as compared to children in the same areas who are not part of Pratham interventions.u003c/pu003en u003cpu003eData is collected and can be used for analysis to understand overall status of learning gains through Pratham programs.u003c/pu003en u003c/tdu003en u003c/tru003enu003c/tableu003e

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eThis instructor or teacher is a local community member, who has a strong understanding of the local context, which helps her effectively interact with children and engage with parents.u003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eThe content is based on the child’s immediate surroundings. Activities are conducted with children in varying setups – big groups, small groups and individually – and are supported with contextualized print and play material such as flash cards, story books, story cards, picture cards, beads, clay and locally available objects of daily use.u003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eu003cspan class=u0022s1u0022u003eChildren are regularly assessed by instructors through simple activities and observations. Indicators for assessment are such that they are easy to observe, measure and communicate. The findings of these periodic assessments help instructors track children’s progress and are regularly communicated to parents as an engagement tool.u003c/spanu003eu003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eMothers are also engaged through periodic meetings, creation of mothers’ groups in the community and individual home visits. Mother engagement includes discussions, games and material creation and distribution.u003c/pu003en

u003cdiv class=u0022custom-head-pointedu0022u003entu003ch3u003enttReach and Scalentu003c/h3u003enu003c/divu003e

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eIn 2017-18, Pratham reached about 610,000 children through its various ECE programs (around 15,000 through direct programs, 68,000 through Anganwadi Support programs and an estimated 527,000 children through government partnerships). The state wise reach of the program in terms of number of units is given below.u003c/pu003en

u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eSo far in 2018-19, Pratham has initiated a government partnership for pre-primary education in government schools throughout Himachal Pradesh and has expanded its partnership work in Telangana.u003c/pu003en

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u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eu003ca href=u0022mailto:ece@pratham.orgu0022u003eu003cspan class=u0022s1u0022u003eece@pratham.orgu003c/spanu003eu003c/au003eu003c/pu003en

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u003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eu003cspan class=u0022s1u0022u003eChild Report Card – u003ca href=u0022https://www.pratham.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Report-card-Final-3-4-years.pdfu0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noopeneru0022u003eClick here to readu003c/au003eu003c/spanu003eu003c/pu003enu003cp class=u0022p1u0022u003eEarly Years Research and Evaluation Summary Note –  u003ca href=u0022/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Pratham_Early-Years-Research-and-Evaluation.pdfu0022u003eClick here to readu003c/au003eu003c/pu003enu003cpu003eu0026nbsp;u003c/pu003en

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