Early education

Children cheering in class

Young Lives findings across the four study countries has shown that poorer children and those in rural areas have already fallen behind by the age of 5, hindered by a lack of opportunities to learn. Parents and children who require most support are often doubly disadvantaged: by the poverty of their circumstances, and by difficulties in accessing good-quality early childhood programmes. Minority groups are especially at risk because of language and cultural barriers.

Our evidence has shown that pro-poor early childhood interventions are key to prevent the poorest children from falling behind, while a carefully designed curriculum, high-quality teaching and a focus on the whole class may help to deliver more equitable outcomes at school.


Latest research: Early education

Effect of preschool education on cognitive achievement and subjective wellbeing at age 12: evidence from India
Comparison of the Effects of Government and Private Preschool Education on the Developmental Outcomes of Children: Evidence From Young Lives India
Working paper
Early Investment in Preschool and Completion of Secondary Education in Ethiopia: Lessons From Young Lives
Working paper
Scaling-up Early Learning in Ethiopia: Exploring the Potential of O-Class
Working paper
Inequality, preschool education and cognitive development in Ethiopia: Implication for public investment in pre-primary education
Journal Article
Scaling Up Access to Quality Early Education in Ethiopia
Policy paper
Women’s Political Reservation, Early Childhood Development and Learning in India
Working paper
Early Education for All: Is there a Role for the Private Sector
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