Mar 2015 – Dec 2021

Better early learning for urban children in India



India – South Asia

To help low-cost private sector education operators provide high-quality early childhood education programmes for India’s urban poor children.

$7,127,365 Grant Value


Other funders

  • UBS Optimus Foundation -

  • Central Square Foundation -

  • Marshal Foundation -

  • Omidyar Network

Through a partnership with partner foundations and the FSG India team, the programme will help create a business ecosystem where low-cost private preschools are both financially viable for operators and educationally effective for children. 

This will be done by:

  • identifying affordable business models, and using pilots to test and refine them
  • designing interventions to address the enabling environment including regulation, policy and finance
  • assembling a network of stakeholders to disseminate good business practices and maintain a functioning market
This grant is being managed by UBS Optimus Foundation.


By 2022, the programme will give at least 170,000 children the chance to be part of affordable and high-quality early childhood education programmes. 

These programmes will make sure children are prepared for success in primary school and beyond.