It is the continuation of a meaningful journey embarked way back in 1964 in the previous avatar of Indian Association for Preschool Education (IAPE). IAPE was started by an eminent group of early childhood professionals at Delhi and inaugurated at Lady Irwin College in the presence of Prime Minister Shri Jawaharlal Nehru.
In the subsequent years IAPE members played a prominent role in contributing to government policies regarding young children’s welfare and education.
In 1972 a national seminar was organized by IAPE at the suggestion of Indian government after the submission of the report of the ‘Study Group on the Preschool Child’ to examine the draft proposal for provision of services to the preschool children in the fifth five year plan. The seminar was attended by representatives of Central and State governments besides professionals from prominent Universities and Institutes. After the deliberations, the IAPE committee submitted a memorandum to the Planning commission providing practical recommendations based on known ground realities. This is one of the many examples of proactive role played by IAPE at national level.
In response to the new research in the field of Early Childhood and the fast paced changes of the 21st century as well as the increasing aspirations of
parents and teachers in varied
settings, it was imperative to extend the scope of the organization’s efforts for the young child. AECED was formed as a re-invention of IAPE – it includes the goals of IAPE but it also responds to contemporary expectations. It now works from a rights based perspective and works through a wider outreach of key ECD stakeholders such as educators, caregivers, parents, children as well as functionaries linked to education, care, health, nutrition and protection.