Good Start Cambodia

In poor, remote communities in Cambodia, many children from 3 – 6 years of age are kept at home or taken to work in the fields with their parents. Without access to a preschool, they miss out on the chance to play, develop social skills, and receive the basic education they need before starting primary school.

By the time they do enrol, they are already behind, and often have to repeat grades. Unsurprisingly, this leads to high drop-out rates. This is a tragedy, because for every year a child manages to stay in school, their chances of escaping poverty increase.

Community preschools

Through the Good Start Project, we have established 26 community preschools in Pursat and Kampot Provinces. There are now a total of 642 children enrolled in Good Start preschools!

Students such as Maly have gained confidence, and learned basic literacy and numeracy – drastically increasing their chances of finishing primary school.

Students have one nutritious meal per day at the school, and learn hygiene skills such as handwashing and toothbrushing. They also have access to regular health checks and vaccinations.

Support a Good Start Preschool

We need your help to support 10 Good Start preschools for one more year.

This year, commune councils (the local government bodies) will take over 16 of the 26 preschools. With an additional year of support, the councils will be in a position to take over the remaining 10 preschools, giving communities total ownership of their own early childhood education system.

Without this support, 208 students risk losing the life-changing opportunity to access early childhood education.

Action on Poverty

Action on Poverty