Commencing RCT Research activities in Tharaka Nithi County

The visiting team poses for a photo with the Governor of Tharaka Nithi county, Hon. Muthomi Njuki (center) and stakeholders from KU-WEE Hub and the county.
Researchers from Yale and Bangor Universities visited the Hub in May 2023 to oversee the commencement of research activities for our Randomised Control Trial (RCT) study in Tharaka Nithi County. The five-day visit started with a half-day workshop for all the implementing partners, including the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Tharaka Nithi County Government (TNCG) led by the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Education, Ms. Dorothy Naivasha and Eng. Kimathi Njeru, the Chief Officer of Agriculture who also serves as a KU-WEE Hub Advisory Board member. Members were taken through the RCT project design, which attempts to evaluate an innovative approach for childcare provision in rural Kenya that emphasizes child development and economic involvement for women in a cost-effective manner. The project will examine the impact of allowing children to attend preschool from the age of three versus the current early childhood development programming in Kenya which focuses on children aged four and above. The intervention will provide a new and improved playgroup curriculum that will be tailored to the Kenyan environment and will include coaching for child caretakers. The intervention attempts to improve child development and school readiness for children aged three and four at the outset and to increase participation in income generating activities among parents of 3-year-olds.
The curriculum for three-year-olds has already been developed and validated.
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