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Early Child Development (ECD) Program Designs

Children from birth to age 6 or 7 can receive Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in formal and non-formal centers at home, in the community and in schools. In rare cases, early learning can also be enhanced through the media. ECD teachers can therefore be the child's mother, a professional caregiver, or a designated ECD trainer. The purpose of an ECD program can be to deliver services to young children themselves or to train mothers or community educators in ECD techniques. These approaches are complementary, and all are designed to improve the development of the young child.

This section focuses on key steps needed to design an effective ECD program.


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