Sep 2014 – Mar 2018

Tayari - Getting Children Ready to Learn



Kenya – Africa

To design, test, prove and scale new preschool models that the public education system in Kenya can deliver sustainably.

$16,520,270 Multi-Year Grant Value

Other funders

  • Government of Kenya

The programme will include three key components:

  • Development of a high- quality, cost-effective early learning model to help young children gain important literacy, numeracy and social-emotional skills to succeed in primary school. Activities will include developing teaching and learning materials, and testing and implementing the model in both Government and private preschools
  • Independent third-party evaluation to measure the impact of the programme on children, using the standard Kenya School Readiness Assessment Tool developed by the Government
  • Global advocacy to share the results and lessons learnt from Kenya’s model, to inform other countries, donors, private sector providers and non-state actors, and to advance the cost-effectiveness of future early childhood education programmes


By 2018, 75,000 three to six year olds will be made ready for school through 1,500 early childhood education centres.

Teacher training modules and materials have been developed and approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. Implementation in schools began in January 2016, with training of supervisors and teachers.