Early childhood association

Let childhood be the right of every child, everywhere… With this dream and vision, Early Childhood Association of India was formed.

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Early Childhood Association (ECA) is a national body registered in April 2011 in Mumbai with the intention of bringing together professionals in the field of early childhood education in the interest of the young child. This association has 42 territories all over India. They are a non profit Association (MRM-1082. 2011-G.B.B.S.D.). The Early Childhood Association is that one stop connection needed by all for the enrichment, networking, awareness and advocacy of childhood and everything that affects it. ECA aims to help professionals, teachers, people who deal with children through their work in balwadis, day care centres, rural crèches, teacher training colleges and entrepreneurial network (basically anyone who contributes directly or indirectly into the caring of a child) and be able to provide them with resources of every sort. This could range from information, latest research, training and ideas and perhaps solutions and counseling.

Mission

The association aims to empower parents, teachers and others to explore and develop holistic programs and environments for children that will look after their well-being, relationships, family and community and thus help each and every child grow up in a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Goal

ECA advocates “stress free childhood years,” after all this is the right of every child. They want to touch the lives of all those who affect the lives and learning of children – be it teachers, parents, policy makers, entrepreneurs, media.

 Early Childhood Association has brought together preschool, kindergarten, primary teachers & administrators, caregivers, program directors, and individuals working with & for families, to promote quality care and education for young children.Their 12000+ members include child care facilities, early childhood educators and child care assistants employed in child care centres, family child care providers, parents, doctors and professionals who share an interest in high quality early learning and care.Our memberships range from School members, individual members, parent members, Patron Principals, Corporate members, NGO members and advisory members.

Changes in ECE are not going to happen overnight, they are looking at big changes, revolutionary changes – but they are still taking baby steps. Still, if we can learn anything from children, it’s that baby steps can make a big difference if they are in the right direction.

The Early Childhood Association has the best experts from all over India serving on its national committee in various capacities. Dr. Swati Popat Vats is the President while Dr. Swaroop Sampat Rawal is the Vice President.

Array of Programs
  • ECA Publications: Through various publications for children, teachers and parents, they are advocating quality teaching, learning and parenting practices. Their Children’s books helps children connect with nature and develop essential citizenship values.
  • ECA conferences, workshops and edufests In various territories: They organise these to bring to fore the need for re-imagining the field, and deliberate on alternatives to current issues in all aspects of the early childhood profession, debating and endorsing some non-negotiable such as quality teacher education and finding strategies to meet the policy requirements regarding in-service capacity building and so on.The sessions also focus on the work of early childhood educators/teachers, teacher attributes, and notions about teaching and teacher education.These events organised by ECA bring together policy makers, teachers, teacher education institutions, academicians, researchers and representatives from all sectors – private, NGO and government from ECCE domain with the hope that the deliberations will not just remain a rich discourse on the ECD profession in India, but also contribute to policy advocacy and measures to professionalize the field.
  • Collaborate and network with all stakeholders including semi-government and government departments and other organized institutions concerned with the young child.
  • Participate in policy formation for early childhood education and development at state and national level
  • Conduct research in the area of early childhood education and development and to disseminate the applications of current knowledge, theory and research to early childhood education and development personnel, programs, policy-makers and parents.
  • Evolve regulatory mechanisms for monitoring, assessment and accreditation of early childhood education and development programs in all sectors.
  • Effectively utilize new technology and media to further the objectives of the organization.
  • Use of innovative and diverse programs to enhance the capacity of early childhood education and development functionaries
  • Raise funds to sustain and promote the objectives and activities of the association.

Other activities include-

  1. Quality audits of preschools and check their quality and safety and then award the Early Childhood Association Quality certificate to the preschool. The idea behind this is to make school owners responsible for quality and safety and to make parents aware about the choosing only those schools that are quality audited.
  2. They do product audits for companies and publishers to ensure that the products used by parents and schools to nurture children are of the best possible quality and safety standards.
  3. Advocacy Projects – projects in autism – projects for learning difficulties, advocacy for safe schools, good touch bad touch sessions, advocacy for anti spanking and advocacy for age appropriate curriculum practices.
  4. Campaigns like #Iwillnot, which was to create awareness about not spanking children, #sahikhao that focused on healthy diets for children and now #rightstart that is talking about the 10 points of quality that preschools must have
  5. Free trainings for anganwadi and balwadi teachers in a one year program which is supported with a mobile based learning course in Hindi, English, Marathi, and at the end of the year these teachers get awarded a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from ECE.
  6. POCSO awareness workshops pan India in schools and also conduct good touch bad touch sessions.
  7. Books and publications to help educate and influence parents and teachers to understand the science behind parenting and teaching.
  8. Written and published India’s first comprehensive book on Gijubhai Badeka and the Divaswapna method.
  9. Released India’s first Play Policy with the Indian Academy of Pediatricians.
  10. Consultancy to schools that require help with their program development & setup.

Changes in ECE are not going to happen overnight, they are looking at big changes, revolutionary changes – but they are still taking baby steps. Still, if we can learn anything from children, it’s that baby steps can make a big difference if they are in the right direction.

For more info, visit www.eca-india.org

The Early Childhood Association has the best experts from all over India serving on its national committee in various capacities. Dr. Swati Popat Vats is the President while Dr. Swaroop Sampat Rawal is the Vice President.