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Early Learning Initiative

The Early Learning Initiative (ELI) at the National College of Ireland (NCI) was developed to address the problem of educational underachievement in marginalised communities. Building upon tried and tested models of early years’ intervention, it is our mission to work with communities in areas of greatest need, to provide world-class parent and child learning support programmes.


Working in partnership with local communities to support educational journeys and achievements


Our long-term vision is that ELI will lead the way in providing first class educational support programmes within local communities, thereby enabling children, young people and their families to develop the dispositions, skills and knowledge needed to achieve their educational, career and life goals.

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The Early Learning Initiative is an official supporter of  the Hands Up for Children campaign, a group of almost 50 organisations from across Ireland that want to see a move away from crisis driven responses to children and families in need, towards preventative ones. Here are the campaign's 5 key asks of the next government: http://www.handsupforchildren.ie/5-principles/ . For more info go to www.handsupforchildren.ie 

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