September 4 2017

Early Childhood Development: Village Preschools in India

Holding onto her teddy bear, five-year-old Satyia walks into the little village preschool that she attends each day thanks to Karuna-Shechen.

“I love coming here,” Satyia says. “I do not have toys at home. Here there are plenty.” Her favorite? Winnie the Pooh!

Satyia in the village of Turi Khurd in the district of Bihar

Like the other parents, Satyia’s mother and father are poor laborers. They work all day,  backs bent over planting and harvesting crops. They need somewhere for their little child to stay while they work.

In Jharkhand and the Bihar region, some of the most remote and under-served places in India, children ages 3-6 spend their days lingering in government-run nurseries, where they do not receive the stimulation their young minds need. We are changing that!

Karuna-Shechen developed an Early Child Care and Development Program in 2014 that provides toys, training, and support so that children in the critical development stage receive engaging cognitive education.

We train nursery employees, hire and teach village women to coordinate and lead activities, and deliver educational toys and engaging play that develops essential cognitive skills so these children can reach their potential.

Village of Gopalkhera, in the district of Bihar

From 10 am to 2 pm each day, our early childhood program enriches the experience of over 2,400 children between the ages of 3 and 6. Engaging toys and games administered by trained local assistants ensures that children receive the support they need to thrive.

“Our preschool has been completely transformed since Karuna-Shechen stepped in,” explains Krishnadevi, a preschool assistant in the remote village of Gopalkhera. “Children have fun, and they learn so much better through play.”

Village of Hidku, in the district of Jharkhand

The room is organized into four areas where children can engage in a variety of ways:– Quiet space: a quiet space for rest and looking at books.
– Constructive play: toys, building blocks, games.
– Symbolic play: dolls, tiny kitchen, and so on.
– Creative Play: cars, figurines, small animals, and arts and crafts.

There are also outdoor sessions to keep children engaged in dynamic, beneficial play.

Please join us and support our efforts to supply tools for early childhood development to these children of India. Donate.

Village of Hansel Mill, in the district of Jharkhand