Centre for Early Childhood Development
Over Twenty Years in Putting Young Children First
We are a Non-Profit Organisation, committed to putting young children first by ensuring quality early childhood development for our country’s youngest citizens.
WHAT WE DO
We provide training, resources and support in the field of early childhood development aimed at enhancing individual and organisational capacity; we develop and disseminate resources; and we carry out research specifically related to the African context.
WHERE WE WORK
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, we offer services and programmes country wide, increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of early childhood development provision to all South Africa's children. We also work in other African countries at times and our knowledge development and dissemination has a global focus.
SUSTAINING OUR WORK
We sustain our work through self-generated income from project management, consultancy work, publications and research. Specific early childhood development programmes and projects are supported through grants from Foundations and Trusts, Government Departments and from Corporate Social Investment Programmes.
New Research Report: Effective ECD Programme Options Meeting the Needs of Young South African Children
A new research report, entitled, 'Effective Early Childhood Development Programme Options Meeting the Needs of Young South Africa Children', written by the Centre for Early Childhood Development, was released in March 2017. This research report details twelve best-practice ECD programmes currently being implemented throughout South Africa, including both centre-based and non-centre-based ECD programmes. This research study was conducted with the aim to describe and analyse ECD programme options, which work towards increasing access to ECD programmes and improving the quality of ECD for young children in South Africa. This research supports ECD service providers and government officials to implement the National Integrated ECD Policy approved by Cabinet on 09 December 2015, providing children with greater access to quality ECD programmes thereby reducing inequality and poverty. By providing South African policymakers with guidelines based on empirical evidence, the quality of ECD programmes offered can be enhanced, and those children presently excluded can be reached.
To download an electronic copy of the report, click here: Research Report PDF to download.
To view the report as a e-publication, click here: Research Report e-publication.