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 Program to Improve Private Preschool Education (PIPE), launched in early 2015. PIPE aims to use a rigorous data-driven approach to understand the state of the early childhood education system in India, develop innovative solutions that leverage existing stakeholder motivations, and the competitive nature of the private school market, and refine those solutions through rapid action-learning cycles. Currently, PIPE is piloting 7 ECE interventions in 136 low income private schools across 5 cities.

Systemic Impact

PIPE, 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. PIPE solutions are commercially viable and rely on existing delivery and stakeholder motivation and therefore can scale and create impact with limited support from Government or philanthropy.