TAYARI ECDE program is a four year (2014‐2018) pilot study implemented by the Government of Kenya, [Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) and respective County Governments] through technical support from the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, and funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
The purpose of the TAYARI program is to develop a cost‐effective and scalable Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) model that ensures pre‐primary aged children (4‐ 6 years) are ready for school and succeed in their primary schooling.
The objectives of the programme are to support National and County Governments to:
i) Develop tested, cost effective, affordable and scalable ECDE model.
ii) Pilot test and expand provision of quality ECDE through a tested and cost‐effective ECDE model to at least 15% of the current ECDE public and private centres in Kenya.iii) Promote global uptake of a tested ECDE model, through provision of open source ECDE materials and leverage communication of activities at the global level.
In order to understand how best to improve school readiness in Kenya, the Tayari programme is designed to test both the effectiveness and the cost‐effectiveness of three improvement models in both public ECDE centres and Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training (APBET) institutions. The interventions include: training provision of instructional materials, classroom teacher support, and health and nutrition integration.
The role of WERK is to support the coaching component for APBET schools in Nairobi, one of the four pilot counties under Tayari Programme, and the only county with APBET schools.