Quality Pre-Primary Education For Every Child
“…ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education”
– SDG Goal 4.2 –
Building Critical Foundations Before Primary School
The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) 2013 and 2015 indicated that only 2% of children in primary 2 could read at their level, and 50% could not recognize a single word. A strong pre-primary ECD is critical for continued learning and success!
– Ghana Education Service (EGRA)
Did You Know?
41% of Kayayei have small children under 6years old who remain with them as they work in the markets carrying loads.
– Source: Parliament of Ghana report, 2016
Did You Know?
Kayayei with babies on their back carry an average of 115%
of their body weight. A clear health risk when done over long periods of time.
– Source: Research report on Kayayoo in Accra
Latest From KCC
We provide a safe space for the child away from the busy market where the mother works, to allow the mother to have the peace-of-mind to grow her business.
The Early Learning Content Box Project
Over 17 months, the project engaged kayayei and hawking mothers to design and create early learning content boxes filled with simple handmade manipulatives for children aged 1 to 6 for independent learning through play in a flexible, inclusive, and sustainable manner without using digital technology.
KCC’s 4th Graduation Ceremony
This event marked a momentous occasion for us, as it bore witness to the largest cohort of graduates since the inception of KCC.
Since our establishment in 2016, KCC has been unwavering in its dedication to improving the lives of children in the Madina community, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, including children of Kayayoo mothers and other market workers.
Exploring New Innovations
In collaboration with a grant organization, Kaya ChildCare is currently testing new ways to engage the mothers and other Kayayoo in the design of childcare solutions for their children, while teaching them new skills for possible job creation.
We hope lessons from this pilot will provide an opportunity for expansion of our ECD content box innovation to 1000s of urban poor kids across Ghana and Africa to be better prepared for school.
Our Model is designed to meet the need and unique lifestyle and working conditions of the Kayayoo mother and other low-income mothers who live and work on the streets and in markets in the urban areas.
Our center is located within a walking distance of the mother’s dwelling or the market, ensuring little to no cost to access. It also encourages the mother to bring her child daily without worrying about taking too much time off her morning work hours
We engage with the mothers as partners. Therefore, sharing mutual respect and trust. We work hand-in-hand and keep open communication to allow us maintain the child’s development trajectory even with disruptions in the mother’s schedule or work
Learning through play
We combine a variety of learning models to provide a smooth transition for the child from school to home. We use recycled learning material, and engage through play while remaining in sync with the Ghana Education Service pre-school curriculum
Partners & Donors
Help us give the Kayayoo’s child an equal opportunity to be school-ready.
Palestinian Women’s Club, Accra