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Early Learning Initiative, National College of Ireland

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, ELI’s mission is to work with communities in areas of greatest need, to provide world-class parent and child learning support programmes.


ELI enables children, their families and the community, to acquire the skills and self-confidence needed to fully benefit from the education system.

Sadly, by three years of age, there are already big differences in language and mathematical development between children from rich and poor backgrounds. This gap continues to widen, if it is not addressed before children start pre-school.

Without early intervention, generations of children’s life chances have been determined before they enter formal education. ELI helps parents develop their children’s social, language and thinking skills from an early age; thereby, ensuring that children enter school ready to learn, with the skills they need to be successful throughout their education.   

Prevention and early intervention programmes such as our Parent Child Home Programme (PCHP), have the most influence on children’s long-term educational outcomes and our evaluations are proving this. 

where your money goes

Your support helps to ensure that we can meet the growing demand for our programmes and services.  ELI  helps children in some of the most deprived areas of Dublin, Galway and Limerick giving them the literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed in school and to dream big.

In 2017-18, over 10,500 children, parents and professionals were engaged in ELI programmes with indicative satisfaction rates of 97% across all programmes. Assessments, are showing that children’s oral, language, literacy and numeracy skills are improving and that young people have high aspirations for the future.

We sincerely appreciate your support in this important endeavor.

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contact details


Mayor Street, IFSC, IRELAND

cause registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 9928

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA): 20024956

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