Early Childhood Development
- Up to 21 months
Strengthening early childhood development is central to achieving at least seven of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG Target 4.2, which states that by 2030 countries should ‘ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education’. To achieve these goals, there needs to be a step change in early childhood development research and policy action that drives interaction and cross-learning between disciplines, sectors and actors.
This programme aims to support a new generation of inter-linked research and policy interventions. It explores what works at scale in different contexts whilst building, and working with, local capacity to deliver effective research and change.
In particular, this programme focuses on:
- supporting innovative interdisciplinary research projects and partnerships, including with practitioners;
- advancing cross learning between disciplines and building our understanding of how existing interventions contribute to child development outcomes;
- addressing key questions around how to implement and scale cost-effective early childhood development, including how to work with government systems where appropriate;
- expanding the research base in countries and populations with high unmet need and low research capacity.
For more information, please see the scheme notes.
This programme is jointly funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for International Development.
Read the special edition of the Journal of the British Academy dedicated to the research projects funded under this programme.
For more information:
Phone: 020 7967 5220
Assessing Sustained Impacts of the Quality Preschool for Ghana Teacher Training Intervention on Children’s Early Primary Grade Outcomes
This project aims to assess the impacts of an affordable and potentially scalable in-service training and coaching programme for kindergarten teachers in private and public schools in the greater Accra region.
Economic Conditions in Early Childhood and the Inter-Generational Transmission of Poverty
Experiencing poverty during childhood can have permanent impact on cognitive and non-cognitive traits that shape outcomes later in life. The aim of this project is to establish whether this chain can be broken.
Examining the Contexts, Practices and Costs of Early Childhood Care and Education in India: Responsive Models for Child Development
This project aims to tackle the problem of how to scale quality early childhood care and education by analysing the contexts, practices and costs of early childhood care and education for disadvantaged families/communities in Tamil Nadu and Bihar.
Pathways to Stronger Futures in Haiti: How Can Economic Strengthening Through Comprehensive Social Protection Improve Early Childhood Development?
This project investigates how economic strengthening through comprehensive social protection can affect early childhood development.
Providing the Evidence Base and Tools for Prioritising and Implementing Paediatric Schistosomiasis Control to Enhance Early Childhood Development
This project will provide the evidence base and tools for prioritising and implementing paediatric schistosomiasis control to enhance early childhood development.
Scaling Up Early Child Development Interventions in Rwanda
This project aims to analyse, evaluate and scale up a unique holistic programme (First Steps) that supports families of children aged 0-3 in the district of Ngororero in Rwanda.
Testing the Feasibility of Incorporating Support for Early Childhood Development into the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in Kenya
Over 66% of children in sub-Saharan Africa remain affected by poor developmental outcomes. This project aims to test the feasibility of incorporating parental support for early childhood development into the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in rural Kenya.
The Impact of Parental Education on Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: Evidence from the Long-Term Tracking of a Randomised Evaluation in Ghana
This project aims to establish whether secondary school subsidies for adolescents affect the cognitive development of their (future) children.