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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

In honor of International Women’s Day that falls on 8th March 2021, The Early Childhood...

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COVID-19 relief efforts for ECD Centers in the Colombo District

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Intervention through the Early Childhood Development Project distributed child...

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Progress on the New Early Childhood Development Centers

The construction work on new ECD centers, with day care facilities, funded by the Early Childhood...

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When a child is enrolled in a Pre School it is essential to see that the Pre School has following standards.

An ECD center is expected to meet three compulsory standards* and at least another four out of the remaining prioritized minimum quality standards for ECD centers.


  1. Premise has safety mechanism (i.e. fence/wall) to prevent children from accessing road, river, wells or any other hazards.


  1. Safe structure (permanent roof, paved floor, shelter students from elements, if there is a half wall it should be about 3.5 feet)
  2. Ramp/physical access for disabled children.

Furniture and Equipment:

  1. Desks, Chairs and mats specially built for children
  2. Display space (wall/board etc)
  3. Age appropriate indoor play materials (children’s picture books, puzzles, blocks, music instruments)

Water and Sanitation facilities

  1. Toilets with water (1/15-20 children) COMPULSORY*
  2. Clean drinking water supply COMPULSORY *

Outside play area

  1. Adequate outdoor play equipment (as already approved by the Children’s Secretariat)


10.At least one teacher with professional training per students (at least one year professional training in Preschool education) COMPULSORY *

Ministry of Women and Child Affairs

The World Bank

Children's Secretariat