Our Origin Story

In 2020, Spring Impact, a non-profit focused on scaling social impact, published a report, “Support Programs for HBCC: A Global Study” analyzing support programmes available for home-based childcare settings in Colombia, Brazil, the USA, Kenya, Chad, South Africa, India, Vietnam, France, and the UK. Exemplary models of support including training to improve type and quality of care, mentorship, nutrition and financing were identified.


However, all programs and networks faced significant barriers to scaling up, including lack of financial support, lack of political will, and the challenge of collecting evidence of impact.


The report recommended increasing investments in support programs for HBCC providers, creating a global learning community to spark innovative models, and developing standards on quality for HBCC settings. Based on these recommendations, the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) partnered with the Global Development Incubator (GDI) to design and launch the NurtureFirst with the aim of building systems that support the improvement of home-based childcare globally.

Our Guiding Principles

  • 01

    We believe childcare is a fundamental human right, and should be regarded as a public good that is accessible to all

  • 02

    We ensure HBCC provider voices are elevated and prioritized throughout our strategy and activities

  • 03

    We enable local organizations to inform and drive the work in ways that are contextually and culturally relevant

  • 04

    We maximize scale by sparking change at the system-level, rather than duplicating existing childcare efforts

  • 05

    We prioritize the measurement of impact to allow for continuous improvement and lesson sharing

  • We believe childcare is a fundamental human right,
    and should be regarded as a public good that is accessible to all

  • We ensure HBCC provider voices are elevated and
    prioritized throughout our strategy and activities

  • We enable local organizations to inform and drive the work
    in ways that are contextually and culturally relevant

  • We maximize scale by sparking change at the system-level,
    rather than duplicating existing childcare efforts

  • We prioritize the measurement of impact to allow for
    continuous improvement and lesson sharing

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Our Team

Lucy Minayo

Executive Director

Jessica Fullerton

Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Alice Gugelev

Strategy and Implementation Partner

Alizah Merali

Global Programs Manager

Julie Wangui

Global Programs Associate

Cindy Ondego Lithimbi

Kenya Programs Manager

Stella Mbugua

County Lead, Muranga

Douglas Kiratu

County Advisor, Muranga

Rahab Nderu

County Lead, Mombasa

Dan Ouko

County Advisor, Kisumu

Sheila Maina

Program Assistant

Our Board

Dan Berelowitz

CEO, This Day

Dana Schmidt

Program Director, Echidna Giving

Elizabeth Lule

Executive Director, Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN)

Joan Lombardi

Early Childhood Advisor and Director, Early Opportunities LLC

Our Board

Dan Berelowitz

CEO, This Day

Dana Schmidt

Program Director, Echidna Giving

Elizabeth Lule

Executive Director, Early Childhood Development Action Network(ECDAN)

Joan Lombardi

Early Childhood Advisor and Director, Early Opportunities LLC

Rachel Moussié

Director of Programs, WIEGO

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