Early childhood education and teacher development in Kenya: Lessons learned

Diane Adams, Elizabeth Swadener

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This article draws from the authors' experiences over several years in early childhood education research and professional development activities in Kenya. Both authors have conducted national studies in collaboration with leaders of the National Centre for Early Childhood Education (NACECE) in Nairobi. This article synthesizes findings from these studies, focusing on the national and district systems of preschool teacher training and development and discussing Kenya's rich history of early education and care. Cross-national studies of early childhood professional development and the roles of the state in providing for early childhood development and care can be informed through the "lessons learned" in one contemporary African society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-402
Number of pages18
JournalChild and Youth Care Forum
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000


  • Early childhood government policy
  • Kenya
  • Teacher development
  • World Bank ECD initiative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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