About Us

Tanzania Early Childhood Development Network (TECDEN) was found in December 2000. It was formally registered on 30th June 2004 by the Registrar of Societies, Ministry of Home Affairs under the societies ordinance, 1954. Among the objectives one was “…to develop and maintain an active ECD network through strong institutional links between ECD related organizations” What started out as the inter Organizational Committee naturally developed into the formation of the national network of ECD stakeholders now known as TECDEN. It is National network of Early Childhood Development Organizations working in partnership to influence policies, programs and practice related to Early Childhood Development (ECD) by sharing information, experiences, researches, generating knowledge and understanding on ECD in Tanzania. For Kiswahili click here

TECDEN Constitution of 2004

TECDEN Updated its Constitution in 2014 which changed the structure of the steering commitee to board and include two members of the board who are not members of the Network. For More Information About the Constituion Click here to download

Our Vision

TECDEN’s vision is a Tanzania where all young children from conception to 8 year old are treasured in such a way that their basic rights and needs are met and their rights to survive and really thrive are realized through holistic approaches to supporting their development.

Our Mission

TECDEN’s mission is to ensure that all TECDEN members work collaboratively to promote multi-sectoral approaches which;

  • Engender the holistic development of infants and young children and which

  • Bring the voices of young children into issues affecting them.


Our Goal
TECDEN aims at creating an enabling environment by strengthening the capacity of members to strategically engage in key Policy and programme Development processes at all levels to influence the improvement of support for holistic development of all infants and young children.

Our Values

  • We respect the uniqueness and rights of every individual child

  • We value the  potential and dignity of every child

  • The child’s wellbeing and interests are at the centre of all what we do

  • We uphold the legal right of young children to be protected from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation


Main Objectives

  • Advocating for policies, laws, regulations and frameworks that improves the service delivery to young children through engaging in policy dialogue at all levels

  • Mobilizing community to actively participate in promoting early childhood development in Tanzania through National campaigns which is Investing in Young Children for national Development

  • Conducting Research, Survey and Situation Analysis for purpose of generating evidence based facts to feed Advocacy work on issues affecting young children in Tanzania

  • Strengthening capacities of member organizations on ECD issues to enable them to provide quality services to young children in their respective workplaces

  • Coordinating Information Sharing among stakeholder/member organizations on issues of interest to improving the wellbeing of young children in Tanzania

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Contact Information

Ohio and Ghana Street

Post House Building

3rd floor, Room # 303,
P.O.Box 14658, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel: +25521218116

Fax: +25521218117

Email: info@tecden.org