The Launch of the Donor Scorecard on Early Learning

It is shocking that from birth until the age of five, 90% of a child’s brain will have already developed. During this period, children need quality, nurturing care, which includes health, nutrition, play, protection, and learning to thrive later in life. Moreover, prioritizing early learning and quality pre-primary education is a central building block in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 – equitable and inclusive quality learning for all.

While early learning is fundamental to unleashing the potential of the next generation, governments in rich and poor countries alike are failing to deliver on their promise. A severe lack of investment in early childhood education is putting millions of children at a disadvantage before they even start school. But how far behind are we? What are the consequences for the skills, participation, and future of the next generation?

With 150 million children lacking access to early childhood education – many of whom live in low-income countries, emergency situations, or communities affected by HIV/AIDS – the need for increased investment and support for the early years is greater than it has ever been before. To highlight the case for ECD and the need to invest in the early years, Theirworld worked in collaboration with the University of Cambridge to produce Bright and Early – a donor scorecard showing that only 0.6 percent of total aid to education was spent on pre-primary education and early learning. Two years since the release of the report, Theirworld and the University of Cambridge have provided up-to-date research on the direction the international community is moving regarding increased investment for ECD.

Join Us
This spring, join Theirworld in an event co-hosted with the Global Business Coalition for Education on Thursday, April 11 2019 at 10:30 am at the Ritz-Carlton Washington Hotel, located at 1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC, for the launch of the new donor scorecard on early learning and pre-primary education. The scorecard will reveal whether funding to early education has increased – and which donors are playing their part to deliver early learning and SDG 4. A presentation of the findings will be followed by a high-level panel discussion and Q&A session.

This event is open to the public. Register no later than March 15, 2019 as space is limited. For more information, please contact Brittany Gray at

To register for the event, please follow the link here.