The Tusaidiane Mwaloni Kirumba ECD Program is community-run and works to improve the lives of young children in Kirumba Ward of Ilemela District. The program has established two ECD day care centers in Kirumba Ward, which provide quality care and early learning for young children below 5 years old since 2013.
The centers provide quality care and early learning as well as food and nutrition so as to improve the health of the children in the family and household. The program empowers women from poor income households by forming women micro-finance groups and training them on how to establish income generating activities to increase household income and support their young children at the centers and at home.
Community engagement in support of TMK’s ECD program is a key to the program’s effectiveness. Materials and other non-financial contributions from parents/guardians and the community as a whole enable the program to support young children’s development at the ECD center and at home. Community engagement is also key to the program’s sustainability, enabling community members to pool efforts to pay additional caregivers and provide nutritious meals for children at the centers, even as the initial funding from Tusaidiane Mwaloni Kirumba comes to a close.Involvement of local community members to support programs for the well being of their children.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportParental/community engagement in support of studentsCommunity resourcesCommunity EngagementEntrepreneurship skills
Model details2013Not-for-profitHealth/NutritionMath/numeracyInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)Entrepreneurship skillsActiveLong-term projectThere is no fee, the parents/guardians are paying only contribution for the services provided at the centersOtherTanzania Home Economic Association (TAHEA)7847%53%
BeneficiariesOtherCommunity members, parents/guardians, caregivers, children and mothers
Establishment of micro economic women groups from community
Scale4Trained caregivers22 Early childhood development day care centers with 4 trained teachers150150 learning and playing materials developed by parents/guardians and caregiversNovember, 2017
The program was started in household level without any ECD centers in 2013. Initially focused on advocating to and sensitizing parents and guardians to care for early child development and nutrition. Since then, engaged community members, parents/guardians and caregivers have helped the program expanded by starting one ECD center and a second one thereafter.
Having a permanent ECD center by building in collaboration between community, local Government leaders, partners and the organization.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
The data is collected through questionnaire forms developed from the organization and distributed to community, caregivers, parents and guardians. Also there is observation means of collecting data, by providing site visits. The monitoring is a cycle routine intervention that has been done throughout the year but the evaluation is conducted twice a year. The data has used to measure the impact of the program implementation and also using to plan and implementation for the future .Ability to reach the poorIncreased enrollmentEvery 6 monthsQuarterlyNo
90%of young children are accessing quality care and early learning.
Unit contribution per children is $ 4 per month