Updated Apr 23, 2019

GRADIF-K Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Program

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Strengthening the capacities of ECCE duty bearers and improvement of infrastructure to promote Holistic Development of Vulnerable Children 0-8 Years in selected regions in Kenya.


Gladys Miriti

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Stage 5: Scaling

GRADIF-Kenya Foundation has scaled up her work to Embu county where we are currently supporting 103 ECCE Centres reaching out directly to 5268 children, age 4-8 annually. We are alos reaching out to more 15,000 Children 0-3 year old with age appropriate intervnetions while still at home.

Registered as a Non-Profit in Kenya.

Focus Areas:

Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Agriculture, Youth and 6 MoreSEE ALL

Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Agriculture, Youth, Education, Health, Gender, Entrepreneurship, Climate Change and Resilience and Public-Private PartnershipsSEE LESS

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Low accessibility to equitable, quality and sustainable ECCE services for children 0-8 years.



It will Enhance the capacities of key duty bearers, enhance parents and general community awareness on the importance of ECCE Programme for their children, increase enrollments of Children in ECCE Centers, contribute to the improvement of ECCE Infrastructure, improve age appropriate care for 0-3 year olds, strengthening of partnerships and linkages and contribute to the sustainability of ECCE Programme among others.

Target Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries are children 0-8 years. The targeted children are served through a Rights based and Age Appropriate Programming. Those between 0-3/4 years are reached through their parents while at home and those between 4-8 years are served through the ECCE Centres.

Mission and Vision

More children (0-8 Years) receiving equitable and quality ECCE services to promote their Holistic Development: Through this we shall be laying down a Firm Foundation for children''s learning and skills development

Innovation Description

The GRADIF-K Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program promotes early learning for children by assisting ECD centers to develop cost-effective learning and teaching tools using available materials, providing health and nutritional support for children, and supporting capacity building for community members. GRADIF-K innovation is all inclusive, integrated and applies age appropriate and Rights based programming interventions. The approaches applied include: Community Mobilization and sensitization, capacity development for Duty Bearers, lobbying, Collaboration,Networking and Influencing supportive Policies, bulldog of Strategic partnerships, Modeling the ECCE Porgramme services and linkages among others.

Competitive Advantage

Yes, While GRADIF-K's innovation aims at promoting Holistic Development Of Children ( Physically, cognitively, Socially, Emotionally, Morally and in Language development) through working closely with key stakeholders including Parents, general Community, the relevant County Governments departments, Civil Society Organizations, Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), other innovations only promote Cognitive development with no involvement of key actors.

Planned Goals and Milestones

There has been increased community participation in ECD Program initiatives by gender in the community with total community participation increasing from 30% to 54% over the past 9 years. Since the beginning of the project, a total of 172, 600 (91,595 boys; 81,005 girls) have enrolled in ECCE centers in 7 Counties, a growth of more than 65% in the past 9 years. Some counties have recorded a higher enrollment of girls. However due to the level of sustainability and inadequate resources we have in the past 2 years phased out 3 Counties and currently concentrating on the Needy ASAL regions where children badly need ECCE services.
Funding Goal1,200,000
New Implemented CountriesKenya
Recruit1 Programme Development Manager, 2 County Coordinators, 4 Project Officiers, I M&E Officer, 2 Accounts Officers
New FeatureSet up ECCE Model Centres in New Counties, Support Children with Special Needs, Support ECCE Sustainability Measures and ECCE Networks.

The Team Behind the Innovation

GRADIF-KENYA KEY STAFF AND TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS’ PROFILES: Gladys Karambu Miriti Gladys is the founder and currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Grassroots Development Initiatives Foundation-Kenya (GRADIF-K). She possesses invaluable experiences gained in over 25 years of progressive work in Programme Development, Strategic Planning and management, Grant making, projects design and Portfolio Management, Advocacy & influencing Policy, Resource Mobilization, hands on implementation and management of various community development programmes mainly focusing on, Human Rights, Civic Education, Health, Child wellbeing, Youth and Women Social-Economic empowerment with various local and international organizations and foundations in Kenya. She is well grounded in various aspects of community development, poverty reduction, governance, management and demonstrates a high degree of ability and experiences in working and consulting with a wide range of stakeholders. Gladys provides the overall leadership to GRADIF-K Staff and Consultants in the undertaking of various successful capacity developments, research assignments with various local and international organizations and corporates in Kenya and beyond. She previously worked with organizations such as the Christian Children’s Fund Inc, (Now Child Fund Kenya), the Girl Child Network, Global Help-Kenya, the UNDP as a National United Nations Volunteer and the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF). She holds a Master of Arts degree in Rural Sociology and Community Development from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the same institution. Gladys has a deep interest in the wellbeing of children and women. David Mugambi Mbuba: David is currently the GRADIF-K Development Programs Development Manager and also Coordinating the Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Climate Change Projects. He also supervises the organizational capacity building initiatives. He holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies (Agro forestry and Rural Development) from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - Norway and Master of Environmental Studies (Agro forestry and Rural Development), Kenyatta University, 2004 to 2008. His key areas of specialization include: Environmental Conservation, Programme Management, Monitoring and Evaluation; Consulting in Natural Resource Management, promoting the organizational advocacy agenda, strengthening participatory/community development approaches, and Environmental social research, Climate change adaptation and management, Value Chain Development and community Empowerment, Gender mainstreaming in Development. He has served with various development organizations as a regular staff and also as a consultant including: the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project, worked as a Service Provider/Consultant - Mount Kenya East Pilot Project on Natural Resource Management / Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Dec 2009 to May 2010, Project Manager, Nature Kenya - Tana Delta- IUCN Project and worked as an intern with the Green Zones Development Support Project [GZDSP] / Kenya Forest Service. George Maina Wanjohi: George Maina Wanjohi, the GRADIF-K Finance & Administrative Manager has wide experience in managing GRADIF-K financial affairs gained through practical service to GRADIF-K in the past 8 plus years. George is a holder of Bachelors of Education Arts (Mathematics and Economics) and also Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA K). His key areas of duty include: Overall organizational financial management, facilitating organizational and projects budgets development and overseeing implementation, ensuring strict controls, prudent utilization of financial and nonfinancial resources, and ensuring compliance with activity plans, Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports and statements to GRADIF-K donors, Government of Kenya (GOK) and beneficiaries, Board of Directors and supporters, maintenance of fixed assets registers and records, facilitation of annual audits exercises, capacity building and supervision of staff under him. He also coordinates the undertaking of Annual financial external audits and disseminating the reports to stakeholders and other interested bodies. He is also actively involved in GARDIF-K resource mobilization initiatives. Before joining GRADIF-K, George, worked as a Finance Officer with Global Help International (GHI) and as a Lecturer for CPA, ACCA AND ABE Courses at Cornerstone Training Institute and earlier as an Accountant at Mungaria Youth polytechnic. He has also undergone several financial management capacity enhancement trainings organized by different development partners and donors. Jane Angela Njeru Pauline is the GRADIF-K Agriculture and Livelihoods Project Officer. She holds a Master of Science degree in Agriculture and Bachelors in Agribusiness form the Egerton University. She possesses wide experience in promoting Farmers Organizations Enterprises development, Value Chains, Gender in values chains and marketing among others. She has also undertaken many applied researches and baseline surveys which have informed program designs and evidence based advocacy agenda in all the organizations served. She has been instrumental in designing and rolling out GRADI-K’s Agriculture, Livelihoods and various Women &Youth Economic Livelihoods empowerment projects and programmes in most of the organizations served. Pauline has served in various development organizations and corporate sector including Strengthening Agricultural Inputs and Outputs Markets (SAIMOA) and Strengthening Africa’s Strategic Agricultural capacity for Impact on Development (SASACID) Pauline Rwamba: Pauline is the GRADIF-K Foundation’s ECCE Programme Coordinator and currently based at the GRADIF-K Eastern Region Counties Field Office located at Kanyambora, in Embu County. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Kenya Methodist University, Bachelor of Business Administration from Kenya Methodist University and Diploma in social work and welfare from Kenya Institute of Social work and community Development. Her Key areas of specialization include; Advocacy & Influencing policies, Child Rights & Child protection, facilitating various capacity building trainings and mentorships in Youth and Women Social Economic Empowerment, Livelihood and Food Security, Beneficiary Targeting and Vulnerability Analysis, Community Mobilization to actively participate in Planning, Implementation and Governance of resources in their counties, Agriculture and value Chains, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, Dynamics and Conflict resolution, Psychosocial Support, Resource Mobilization, Entrepreneurship, qualitative surveys and analysis, Monitoring, evaluation and documentation. She has been instrumental in designing and rolling out GRADI-K’s ECDE and various Women &Youth Economic Livelihoods empowerment projects and programmes in most of the organizations served. Pauline has served in various development organizations and corporate sector including the Child fund, Polypat Consultancy Firm Ltd and Child Welfare Society of Kenya She has under gone various relevant professional trainings to enhance her career both within Kenya and internationally. Lacton Mugambi, Lacton Mugambi is the GRADIF-K Foundation’s Health & Youth Social Economic Empowerment Coordinator currently Coordinating a Sexual Reproductive Health (SRHR) & Family Planning Program targeting youths and adolescents in Tharaka Nithi County. He coordinates GRADIF-K Upper eastern Region Counties Field Offices located in Chuka Town, Motors (Nthiga Plaza) 1st Floor and is responsible for driving the youth and adolescents advocacy agenda.. He is currently undertaking Masters in Community Development in Chuka University. He holds Bachelor of Science in Community Development from Chuka University. Lacton has more than three years’ experience in multidisciplinary environment, working with people of diverse age, culture, values and orientations including the marginalized groups like youths and women. He has been involved in both public and private organizations that deal with development activities. They Include: Ministry of Labor, Social Security and Development in children department Meru South District, Kenya Women Finance Bank- Chuka Branch, Department of Gender and Social Development in Chuka, Uwezo Kenya National Assessment in Meru South District He worked as a volunteer under Redeemed Church Ministries during the implementation of a Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Program, Data clerk at Caritas- Tharaka Nithi County office and as an Intern at Kenya Women Finance Bank- Chuka Branch. He has well established skills and knowledge in the following: Community need assessment, Coordinating programs, Planning and Implementation projects, Women and Youth Social Economic Empowerment, Children rights and protection, Governance, Natural Resource Management, Resource mobilization, Research, Networking, Social protection, Policy influencing & Advocacy. CONSULTANTS/ PART TIME RESOURCE PERSONS Anne Mumbi: Anne is one of GRADIF-K Technical external/part time legal resource persons who possess a wealth of experience in Human rights, women rights, and Reproductive health rights matters. Anne posses over 13 years of work experience in programme development and management, facilitation of various workshops &forums in development, development of advocacy agenda programmes in various projects, Civic Education, Undertaken Baseline Surveys& Researches, reviewing and aligning the Health and education sector with the new constitution Bill of rights, lecturer in Law, Ethics and Human Rights. She has developed many articles and programs on Gender Mainstreaming& Human Rights, prepared and presented many conference papers on various issues. She has also undertaken Monitoring and Evaluation for various projects among others. She successfully coordinated a survey to establish the level of involvement citizens in the implementation of community projects and the management government devolved funds in Tharaka Nithi and Meru Counties in Kenya. She also participated in outlining the gains for women in the new constitution and coming p with user friendly documents for use by grassroots women. Some of the organizations which she has provided technical support include: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Kenya Alliance for the Advancement of Children’s Rights (KAACR), Kenya AIDS NGOS Consortium (KANCO), Save the Children- Canada, Grassroots Development Initiatives AFoundation-Kenya (GRADIF-K), Aga Khan Foundation-Kenya, AMREF-Kenya and GRADIF-Kenya. Joseph Irungu: Joseph holds a MSC in Entrepreneurship degree from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He alos holds Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Business Management, St Paul’s University. He has gained a vast range of experience spanning over 22 years in community social-economic development. He possesses strong skills in; Agricultural Value Chains development especially in building capacity of marketing co-operatives and producer organizations, Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) promotion, Micro-finance, Climate change Adaptations, Training of Trainers and Resource Mobilization course, Leadership development program and practical field experiences on project activities (implementation and impact assessment). He is an excellent trainer and facilitator. He has worked with: UN-FAO, IIRR, Kenya micro-fund project, BIMAS) -Plan International Kenya, K-rep bank and Ministry of Co-operative Development Harrison Gitonga Harrison is the GRADIF-K Foundation’s Agriculture and Livelihoods external technical Resource person. He holds a Master of Science (MSC degree in Agriculture and Rural Development from Kenya University and a Bachelor of Natural Resources Management from Egerton University. His Key areas of specialization include; Organization Capacity Development for Farmers Organization, Development and promotion of Value Chains, climate Change and promoting communities resilience to climate change, Value addition, Gender and Agriculture and integrated Modern farming. He has also undertaken many applied researches and baseline surveys which have informed program designs and evidence based advocacy agenda in all the organizations served. He has been instrumental in designing and rolling out GRADI-K’s Agriculture, Livelihoods and various Women &Youth Economic Livelihoods empowerment projects and programmes in most of the organizations served. Harrison has served in various development organizations and corporate sector including the Africa Harvest, IFAD, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI) and equity Bank James Mugambi James works with GRADIF-K works as a part time professional consultant with GRADIF-K. James posseses over 10 year’s extensive knowledge and experiences on fundamentals of program management; strategic planning; Monitoring, Evaluation Learning and Reporting (MERL). He also possesses requite experiences in undertaking various capacity Development assignments as with different organizations, Government institutions and the corporate sector in Kenya. He is competent in mentoring staff in the community-based population programs including programme design and management, qualitative and quantitative research including desktop reviews. James possesses requisite experiences in partnerships and networking, resource mobilization, proposal development, report writing and documentation. David is a holder of Masters of Arts degree in Population Studies, University of Nairobi and also holds a Bachelors of Arts (Economics and Sociology) degree from Egerton University. Bernard Ndungu: Bernard is currently an Advocacy Consultant with GRADIF-K. He previously worked as an advocacy cum capacity development Officer with GRADIF-Kenya. He holds Master of Science Degree in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and Bachelor of Arts (Literature and Sociology) from Moi University. Bernard has a wealth of experience in Rights-based Project Planning approaches, Management, M&E facilitation, and reporting, training, advocacy in addition to excellent facilitation skills. Bernard play a key role in ensuring the success of the Governance project on the new constitution and devolved system of governments where eleven monitoring committees were formed in Tharaka Nithi and Meru Counties on the implementation of the new constitution. Previously he has worked as a Programme Officer and Programme Coordinator for many years with several National NGOs. He has also undertaken many applied researches and baseline surveys which has informed program designs and evidence based advocacy agenda in all the organizations served. He has been instrumental in designing and rolling out many women socio-Economic empowerment projects and programmes in most of the organizations served. Kennedy Bikuri: Kennedy is a specialist in governance in the nonprofit sector, program cycle management, training, research, monitoring and evaluation. He has worked as a consultant in major projects in social policy, human rights, crime, advocacy and markets development. He has over 17 years experience working in program management, social research and training and capacity building projects with different actors both in government and civil society. He spent over seven years working in partnership with line government departments in child rights and child protection, education and social policy mainly building their capacity for effective policy formulation and implementation through training and advocacy. He has worked with youth in reproductive health, voluntary counseling and testing and HIV AIDS mitigation. He has worked extensively mobilizing resources for civil society organizations, forging effective networks, representation, partnership and coalition building. Kennedy has served in different capacities in civil society organizations; as a research coordinator in IDRC/University of Ottawa supported global research project on the Effects of Social Policy Changes (Structural adjustments policies ) on youth at risk of violence ; as a program manager in charge of education, training and child labour issues at African Network for Protection and Prevention Against Child Abuse and Neglect( ANPPCAN) Regional Office; as a Program Manager with the German Foundation for World Population(DSW) and as Country Director and Technical Advisor- Regional Programs with the same organization. He has served as a consultant in different major research projects including with Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis on ‘crime and private sector growth in Kenya’ and the ‘role of policy in managing ethnicity in Kenya’; in ILO/IPEC supported research projects in basic education provision and commercial exploitation of children in Kenya; in developing child protection policies for Kenya Scouts Association supported by PATH and in reviewing gender based violence in Meru County. He has served as a lead consultant reviewing and providing support for the development of the camel milk value chain in Garissa County supported by Care international in Kenya and has undertaken reviews in Basic education provision for Save the Children Alliance in Kenya. He has also undertaken studies in nonprofit sector development including on the ‘Role of NGOs in Fostering Good Governance in Kenya’. Kennedy holds a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelors Degree in Social work from the same university. Dr. Rebecca Mumbi Rebecca Mumbi is a holder of PhD in Plant Science (Ecosystem Functions) from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). She is currently a lecturer in JKUAT and one of the most sought after Natural Resource Experts in Kenya and an international Award Winner. She has a MSc in Plant Ecology and Conservation, Kenyatta University, 2001 and a BSC Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Education from the same institution. She is a Registered Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit Lead Expert with the National Environmental Management Authority, Kenya (NEMA), Member, Ecological Society of Eastern Africa (ESEA), Member, and Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) and Patron, Jomo Kenyatta Model Of United Nations (JKMU. She has a wealth of experience in undertaking various assignments in her area of specialization including over 10 years experience in Environmental Impact Assessments. She has conducted Environmental Impact Assessment exercises and researches for over 50 projects in Kenya. She has also been involved in undertaking Environmental screening; Environmental scoping and Environmental Audits and in capacity development for the the Training of Trainers in conservation and Ecosystem functions among other key technical assignments undertaken. Dr Michael Karanja: Dr. Karanja possesses over 20 years working experience at both national and international level providing support in monitoring and evaluation, program design, implementation and curriculum development in Health, HIV/AIDS, drug supply chain management, Education, Peace and conflict among other programs. He has provided support to government, humanitarian and development organizations in Kenya and the region in curriculum development, designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks to enhance training, measure program results and facilitate learning. He has extensive experience in developing Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs), capacity building in M&E, quantitative and qualitative research, using participatory methodologies in community development and Management of Information System (MIS). Concerning his professional experience, Michael is currently working with ACT!/ACDI/VOCA as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. He serves as an M&E/MIS Specialist for an East Africa regional program - USAID East Africa’s Africa Institutions Innovation Mechanism (AIIM) Assist under the Feed the Future (FtF) program. His key duties are to provide M&E technical assistance including PMP development, MIS development and management, reporting, data collection processes, M&E training to AIIM grantees, USAID missions in FtF focus countries, and African regional partners outside of AIIM. He has previously worked with the CHF International Kenya as the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor where he managed the planning and co-ordination of all monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning activities for CHF’s four programs including the Healthy Outcomes Through Preventive Education (HOPE) project on Education and HIV, PRESERVE+ project on Food security and livelihoods, Blood Safety Project and Conflict Mitigation Project. He has also worked with Chemonics Kenya Pharma as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist where his key duties entailed Supporting the Supply Chain Management project for ARVs and other commodities in Kenya to support care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, Funded by USAID. He also Managed planning and co-ordination of all monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning activities. Micheal has also worked with Pact Kenya – USAID Funded project. Where he designed and implemented a Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) system for a multi-national (Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan) regional peace building program known as Peace in East and Central Africa Phase II (PEACE II). He has also worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE).



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