International evidence points to the significant social and economic benefits of investing in early childhood learning, both for individuals and for societies.
In Jordan, the improvement in access to Kindergarten (KG) 2, for children aged 5-6 years, has been one of the success stories of Jordan’s education reform efforts over the last 15 years; the KG2 enrollment rate has increased to around 60 percent (from 47 percent in 2000).
QRF believes that KG1, for children aged 4-5 years, and pre-KG (nursery – for children under 4 years) is a fundamental part of the whole educational spectrum, and that at this age a holistic approach is the only approach; there are fundamental links between early learning and health, nutrition, and care.
The need for more research on early childhood learning, especially for the under 5 age group, is crucial to inform future policies and public awareness in Jordan.
QRF has conducted a national survey on the development of children aged under-five. This survey collected information from school/nursery principles, caregivers, and parents to learn more about the status of nurseries in Jordan and their perceptions on the importance of early childhood development. Furthermore, a study on the economic and social returns of ECD in the Jordanian context is currently being conducted.
QRF is currently developing an early childhood education pilot program; our research will inform the pilot program design and the data from the pilot program itself will be used to inform our understanding of this sector.