EPF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
In spite of the government of Ghana’s strong policy commitments to the kindergarten sector, it continues to face challenges of access and quality.
A research study conducted in both public and private early childhood centers in Kumasi have this startling revelation:
- Almost half of all kindergarten teachers have never received any formal training.
- Learning materials are in such short supply that there are only enough materials for one workbook between three children.
- There is very little investment in creative and contextually-rooted approaches that might stimulate critical thinking and pedagogical actions.
- Most head porters and mothers from the slum communities face a difficult decision of where to keep their children when working
We have taken over the management of two early childhood development centers and a primary school located in the prime areas of Adum and Bantama in Kumasi metropolis to transform the trajectory of families living in Kumasi by providing high-quality, affordable, play-based early childhood care and education to improve the basic educational experiences of young learners so that they have what they need to succeed in school and become globally competitive. Our focus on early childhood education stems from research that demonstrates that top-notch early education has a higher impact than interventions in later years. During this stage, children acquire important social and emotional skills, build core pre-reading and math capabilities, and develop a life-long love of learning. And, their parents develop the habit of supporting their children's education. Teachers in later years set higher expectations for students who perform well initially, creating a positive cycle for students who start strong.