The Journey started in 2013 through support from PATH. The department of Health was supported to initiate ECD- Nurturing care services in 23 health facilities out of the 213 health facilities in Siaya County.
In 2017, a team from Siaya County met with Hilton Foundation representatives and requested for further support to scale ECD in the whole of Siaya County. Later the County received communication from Hilton Representative that they had accepted to support the noble initiative of scaling ECD in Siaya.
At the beginning of the year 2018, through support from Hilton Foundation, the Governor of Siaya together with the ECD focal officer were invited to attend a course on Scaling Early Childhood Initiatives at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (HKS) in the United States of America.
After the training, the team developed a work plan for scaling ECD in Siaya County. The proposed model adopted for scaling ECD was government-led multi-sectoral approach with the first lady being the patron. The focus in Siaya County is an integrated approach which addresses ECD from age o to 5 years with the Key players being Health, Education, Agriculture, Social Services and Children’s Department, Office of First Lady and Governor’s office. The process of developing a road map for scale is on course with all stakeholders being consulted and engaged at appropriate times.