Kyrgyz Early Education Project (KEEP)

In collaboration with the Kyrgyz ministry of education and the World Bank, the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) is conducting a systematic study of classroom interactions in early education in the Kyrgyz Republic. In recent years, the Kyrgyzstan has implemented a new school experience aimed at five- and six-year olds, with the goal of better preparing children for later learning and closing the existing education gap that exists in this Central Asian nation.

Researchers at CASTL will train and guide educators in Kyrgyzstan to conduct classroom observations in over 2000 schools. The goal is to better understand what young children are experiencing in early childhood classroom across the country, with the hope of providing suggestions for policies and supports that will improve overall classroom instruction and children's development.

Project Status: September 2015 - September 2017

Principal Investigator: Jennifer LoCasale Crouch

Partners: Inter-American Development Bank and Kyrgyz Ministry of Education