About Us

The Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD) first opened it's doors in 1994. We are a national resource providing training, support and advice in the field of early childhood development. The focus of our work is on improving the education and care of children from disadvantaged communities. 

We work with:

  • Communities, providing technical assistance to early childhood development projects
  • Organisations, enhancing organisation efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Individuals, developing skills and increasing their capacity.
  • Parents, providing information on the development of children.


A society that puts young children first.


Our mission is to increase the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities in delivering early childhood development programmes and services. This is pursued through a range of programmes, projects and services.


The Centre for Early Childhood Development strives to:

  • Advocate policies and practices that create improved conditions for young children.
  • Assist policy makers in the search for effective and affordable ways of offering early childhood development programmes.
  • Promote effective, affordable and replicable models of early childhood development.
  • Support and strengthen organisations and communities which offer early childhood development programmes.
  • Build partnerships with organisations implementing early childhood development programmes.
  • Create awareness about early childhood development by developing and disseminating resources, information and materials to the ECD sector.
  • Assist communities to establish early childhood development centres and programmes.
  • Provide training opportunities for early childhood development workers.