Phase I

Project Alpha

Project Alpha: Shimmbit Preschool (KG) Program

Early Education Ethiopia is grounded in applied research to inform practice, policy, and advocacy. As such, the objective of Project Alpha is designed to engage in deep program study, gather data, and apply and integrate it into practice.  In this phase, we undertook an existing pre-primary program to implement our phase 1- Project Alpha. Shimbit Elementary is located in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, and serves families that come from under-served communities. Prior to starting any implementation, we engaged all stakeholders in various discussions, training, and meetings to understand the challenges and needs. Using this information, we were able to redesign a current KG or preschool classroom and create an outside play-learning environment.

A Four-Part-Parent Engagement and Staff Training Program

Parent Training: A first-of-its-kind, country-wide training focused on topics related to children’s development, child health, language, caregiving practices, and much more was organized and conducted by Early Childhood Education Ethiopia in collaboration with five universities across the country. Addis Ababa University, Kotebe Education University, Hawassa University, Debre Tabor University, and the University of Gondar were participants with many of the faculty members providing the training. Attended by parents, teachers, faculty members, principals, and teachers, this training provided context and advanced information for many in the audience.

A Four-Part Parent Engagement Seminar.

“Before this training, I was the only one talking when my children did something wrong, but now I know better, I have to listen to them too,” Excerpt taken from a parent participant.

A Four-Part Parent Engagement Seminar.


Early Childhood Education Ethiopia Program Study


ECEE operates by data-driven, evidence-based practice to inform both short and long-term outcomes.  Engagement at any level with programs, agencies, institutions, and ECE centers, begins with program study. These studies are carefully formulated to understand needs, assess collaboration capacity, and information analysis to support the project undertaken.

Outcomes and outputs delivered without compromising the mission and vision of Early Childhood Education Ethiopia are a priority. Children, families, and caregivers are centrally located in our initiatives toward sustainable change.