|Pratham has always recognized the critical importance of early years in a child's life especially in terms of these years laying the foundation for future growth and development. From inception, one part of Pratham's work has been focused on early childhood and pre-school education. Over the years, Pratham's activities in the "early years" segment have stretched from the pre-school years to the first two years in school. We see this age group as a continuum and one that deserves greater focus in our education system.
Our pre-school program as well as the activities we conduct with children in the first two grades in school have evolved over time and developed according to the needs of children and the contexts in which they live. We have worked directly with children and families in communities. We have also learned to work in different ways in partnership with governments both in the pre-school years (via ICDS partnerships) and also with school systems for Grades 1 and 2.
The family is the first and the most important contributor to a child's development. In Pratham's Early Years Program, we believe that it is essential to "reach out", to engage mothers in supporting children's readiness for school as well as in developing a comprehensive understanding of what the child needs to develop and grow well.
Read more about the highlights of the early years programs in Pratham through the documents below.