Landscaping of affordable ECE service delivery in urban India

The Opportunity

Multi-disciplinary research from economics, neuroscience and education has demonstrated that quality Early Childhood Education is critical in determining a child’s life outcomes in terms of health and income levels. Most low-income families in urban India send their children to private-sector ECE but are currently receiving extremely poor quality from the market. In the private sector, there is rudimentary understanding of child development. Adoption of developmentally inappropriate pedagogical practices could prove to be detrimental to the child’s interests in the long run.

To summarise, in urban India, in the private sector, there is a lack of options for affordable high quality education for 2-6 year olds in 27.5 million low-to-mid income households.

The Model

FSG is a mission-driven consulting and project management firm seeking to drive large-scale long lasting social change. Previously Monitor Inclusive Markets (MIM), the firm focuses on market-based solutions to improve the lives of low income households.

CSF is supporting FSG’s Affordable Early Childhood Education Project (AECEP) launched in early 2015. The first phase of the AECEP involved a six-month intensive research study that examined ~4,300 low-income families accessing affordable Early Childhood Education (ECE) services in urban India. In its second phase, FSG will pilot innovations in ECE to develop effective models that can achieve large scale.

Systemic Impact

The AECEP, by definition, aims to facilitate the scaling of an affordable ECE industry in India, providing high-quality services to the urban poor using financially sustainable models. The project aims to

  • Address systemic barriers which prevent scale provision of low-cost high-quality ECE
  • Work with providers to improve quality, thereby transforming the learning and life outcomes of millions of children
  • Raise awareness about ECE and bring focus on the quality of provision