The reporting of the first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya on 13th March 2020 greatly affected the education sector in Kenya due to the abrupt closure of all learning institutions. The candidates preparing for the Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) 2020 examination were also affected by the closure of their training colleges. The objective of this study was to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic affected students’ preparedness in the ECDE 2020 national examination in terms of payment of college fees and completion of the syllabus. The study adopted a descriptive research design with 185 participants representing 61.60% females and 38.40% males purposely selected to participate in the study since they had registered for the ECDE 2020 examination. Data was collected using a Structured Student Questionnaire (SSQ) and analyzed using SPSS version 26.0. The findings of the study show that a larger proportion of the candidates (Mean = 3.31 and SD = 1.29) felt that the closure of colleges to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic gave them less time to prepare for the ECDE 2020 examination. The test of Chi-square χ2 (1,185) = 72.268, p = .00 at 0.05 level of significance indicated that the outbreak of Coronavirus significantly affected the payment of college fees by the candidates. The chi-Square χ2 (3, 185) = 56.022, p = .00 also indicated that the candidates were not adequately prepared for the ECDE 2020 examination because most tutors had not completed the syllabus due to the abrupt closure of all learning institutions in Kenya. The study recommended the provision of bursaries and subsidized tuition fees for ECDE candidates to allow them to fully concentrate on their training.