The period of early childhood (up to age 8) is the time when children experience the most rapid brain development. Early environments, emotional experiences, and interactions with parents and primary caregivers are crucial determinants of the development of a child’s brain architecture; approximately 80% of brain development takes place during this period. Scientific evidence indicates that caring, supporting, and stimulating environments greatly increase children’s chances of a successful transition to school, as well as their chances of success in learning, employment, and health outcomes later in life.
In Ivory Coast, there is growing interest in early childhood development and in supporting children’s readiness for school by providing pre-primary education. This is evident in slow but steady increases in pre-primary enrollment, public investment, and government commitment. However, overall access to services, especially integrated services that leverage health, nutrition, education, and social protection initiatives, remains extremely low. Those services that are available in Ivory Coast are usually of poor quality and fail to prepare children for school, and eﬀective coordination mechanisms are lacking.
TRECC helps to promote early childhood development in Ivory Coast by:
- Supporting the efforts of the Ivorian government to define sound policies and identify strategic indicators to address the challenges and gaps in the field
- Mobilizing resources and expertise to scale up early childhood development and parenting programs nationwide, using existing public, private, and NGO delivery platforms
- Strengthening capabilities and contributing to evidence-based knowledge of early childhood development