International Early Childhood Education

ICF International works toward quality enhancement of early childhood programs in India.



ICF International’s Early Education Services (EES) was launched in India in 2007 to tackle some of the major challenges facing early childhood education in India, including a lack of:

  • Updated national early childhood education standards
  • A national licensing and accreditation system
  • Child care resource and referral system
  • Professional development system

In addition, there is an urgent need for culturally relevant research, data collection tools, and child assessments in India.

ICF provides early childhood education training and technical assistance, conducts research and evaluation, and supports corporate child care in India by guiding clients through projects and planning processes that are grounded in research. We understand the existing early childhood education programs and the local culture and constraints. This understanding helps us design effective solutions for our clients. We collaborate with government, non-government, academic, corporate, international, and multilateral organizations to help early education programs achieve the highest-possible quality, performance, and maximum impact.


ICF has been accepted as a "friend" of the Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) for our expertise and commitment in the field of Early Education Services. This membership will give visibility to significant work in early education and opportunities to work jointly with ARNEC. ICF has a history of working with ARNEC in coordinating and conducting the mapping survey on early childhood development (ECD) in India and doing foundational work on the Working Together for Early Childhood advocacy booklets.

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Related Resources

  • Articles and Books

    Cross-Continent Training of Trainers: A Relationship-Based Approach

    This article, co-authored by ICF staff (Helen Stine, Jill Aviles, Barbara McCreedy) and three of the six Indian participants (Anubha Rajesh, Ridhi Sethi, and Vini Gupta), describes an effort by ICF to extend its early education services in an outreach to India, by developing a model of collaborative, interactive training.

  • Report

    A Primer on Early Childhood Care and Development

    ICF, in partnership with Forum for Crèche and Childcare Services (FORCES), developed an advocacy leaflet on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCD).

  • Report

    In Defence of Child: IV

    This report was prepared by ICF International in June 2009 for the mid-term evaluation of the project "In Defence of Child – IV (IDC-IV)." IDC – IV is a project of Committee for Legal Aid to Poor (CLAP), a registered NGO advocacy group, based in Orissa, India. The project has envisioned a legislation enforcing the right to early childhood care and education for children up to 6 years of age. The goal of the evaluation was to assess the progress made, determine the extent to which intended objectives had been achieved, identify the bottlenecks and constraints of the project implementation, and provide appropriate recommendations to improve project implementation for the remaining period. The evaluation methodology developed by ICF in consultation with CLAP comprised of desk review of relevant documents, observation of the project implementation in the field, and interaction with stakeholders involving management, staff, beneficiaries, and NGO partners. The major findings of the evaluation indicated that CLAP had planned its activities strategically. Its implementation strategies related to raising awareness of community and beneficiaries were effective.

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