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IMAGO + Pratham: Scaling Early Childhood Education through Government

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IMAGO Global Grassroots is proud to host one of our grassroots partners, Pratham, for a talk on scaling early childhood education through government.


India is on the brink of unveiling its new education policy. Among other firsts, this policy will extend the Right to Education Act of 2009, which makes schooling free and compulsory for all 6-14 year-olds, to children ages 3 to 6. What does this imply for policymakers and practitioners? To understand this, one would need to appreciate the evolution of ECE in India.

Our featured speaker, Samyukta Subramanian, will trace its journey through a Pratham lens. She is the Program Head of Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Pratham, which is one of India's largest education-focused nonprofits. Samyukta will also share Pratham’s experience of working with governments at scale, challenges, best practices, and the struggle to measure impact. Learn more at


Samyukta Subramanian serves as Program Head at Pratham Education Foundation (Pratham), one of India’s largest nonprofits focused on improving quality of education. She leads the Early Childhood Education (ECE) partnership with the Delhi Government and elementary education initiatives across many Indian states. She has extensive experience working with senior government officials, private sector partners, and nonprofit leaders to develop and implement ECE initiatives. Recently, she has focused on India’s pre-primary education landscape and improving ECE outcomes at scale.

Samyukta holds a Bachelor of Law, an M.A. in Psychology, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She is currently an Echidna Global Scholar at the Brookings Institution. While at Brookings, she will analyze data on the ecosystem surrounding girls’ ECE in India, with a focus on government-run preschools. Her research will examine how sociocultural, political, economic, and other factors converge to influence young girls’ learning opportunities, which will inform the development of gender-sensitive pedagogical praxis and ECE policy throughout the state.