Does Early Childhood Education in India Provide Any Dividend to the Children?

The project aims to investigate the extent to which existing measures in the field of early childhood education in India have positive effects on the later development of children. In developing countries such as India, where the optimal allocation of limited funding to different areas and programs is very important to accelerate development, it is particularly important to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of publicly funded programs such as ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services). Therefore, the focus of the project is on the question of how existing early education programs in India play a role in child development. In particular, it will be examined whether measures in the field of early childhood education in India bring advantages to the participating children with regard to their cognitive and social skills and whether and to what extent the various measures implemented differ in this respect. The results can be used to revise existing programs and implement policy measures to make them more effective (e.g., by including them in curricula and frameworks for pre-school institutions in India).


Duration: 02/01/2019–09/30/2019


Promoter: German Research Foundation (DFG)