Early Childhood Development Pilot Project
According to UNICEF, early childhood development is the key to a full and productive life for a child. In fact, in the first years of life, children establish the cognitive, emotional and social foundation upon which they can build their futures. Recognizing this importance, WHI is working with UNICEF, the Ministry of Education, and the Bombali District Council on an Early Childhood Development Pilot Project that will bring community-run early learning centers into 10 vulnerable communities during 2016. These ECD Centers are housed in refurbished community structures and provide free early learning activities for children under six, led by trained members of the local community. The project is also partnering with WHI's Mother Support Groups and community theater groups to educate mothers and fathers about healthy parenting behaviors that promote healthy child development. By the end of the proposed 3-year project, WHI aims to have ECD programs available for vulnerable children in 44 communities in Sierra Leone.
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