Impact evaluation of Tayari school readiness program in Kenya

This report describes the endline findings of an external evaluation of a pre-primary school pilot program known as “Tayari”, which is a Kiswahili word meaning “readiness”. Participation in early childhood development and education (ECDE) programs is associated with better schooling adjustment and higher levels of academic achievement. In Kenya, ECDE currently faces considerable challenges related to poor management of the sector, characterised by insufficient funding and allocation of resources and inconsistent curriculums and programs in existing pre-primary schools. Consequently, many ECDE programs in Kenya are of questionable quality and are arguably limited in their ability to adequately prepare children for primary school. Thus, in an effort to improve the quality of ECDE programs, the Tayari model was piloted by RTI International in partnership with the Ministry of Education. The pilot program aimed to develop a cost-effective, scalable model of ECDE that would ensure that children who are prepared to join Standard 1 are cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready to start, and succeed in primary school. The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) undertook an independent external evaluation to measure the impact and cost-effectiveness of the Tayari program. The pilot program was funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) between 2016 and 2018.

Ngware, Moses W.
Hungi, Njora
Wekulo, Patricia
Mutisya, Maurice
Faye, Cheikh
Njagi, Joan
Muhia, Nelson
Wambiya, Elvis
Donfouet, Hermann
Oduor, Clement
African Population and Health Research Center
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