In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and other national partners, Save the Children completed an impact evaluation of the national ECCD center program. The findings of the study was presented on 27th May, 2016 at Le Meridian, Thimphu, chaired by Director General, Department of School Education, MOE and other stakeholders from private ECCD centers, Corporate, Ministry of Education, DGPC and Paro College of Education.
Save the Children US, research specialist, Lauren Pisani, presented the findings and recommendations of the study.
The findings of the study show:
1. Having access to ECCD center programing supports stronger learning and development gains for children than not having access to ECCD, and better prepares them for primary school.
2. Having an interactive home environment (e.g., parents playing, singing and reading with children) was found to be a strong predictor of children’s early learning and development at baseline.
3. Classroom quality, important relationships between classroom environment and children’s learning.
A baseline assessment of children’s learning and development was undertaken at the beginning of the school year (March 2015), and end line assessment with same children was conducted at the end of the school year (November 2015) sampling 1189 children and parents from 120 sites across 9 districts in Bhutan.