Early Childhood Education

Of the 184,405 children aged three-five in Timor-Leste, only 5% participate in any form of early childhood care and development activity, which prepares young children for formal schooling and social interaction. The lack of school readiness is reflected in the poor learning outcomes with completion rate of 46% at Grade 6 and high dropout rate of 25%. ChildFund works to build and support early childhood development (ECD) centres, and also trains and provides resources to home-based ECD.