Early Learning in South Africa
Communities that give their children quality early childhood development are more stable and successful (less crime, more jobs, more wealth).
Children require four basic building blocks for successful early childhood development, namely: love, nutrition, safety and stimulation. By providing quality early learning, SmartStart is able to make a difference in not only the children’s life but also in the community as a whole.
If we want our children to become productive adults, who make healthy choices and successfully participate in the world around them, we need to lay the right foundations for physical, mental and emotional health from an early age.
The future begins to change when an impact is made from a young age, because smart children turn into smart adults, and early learning helps us do this.
Changing the future
When we invest in the children of any community, society or even the country, we change the future. The effect of early learning not only changes the lives of the children and their families, but is a seed that continues to grow and impact the lives of everyone who encounters it.
The earlier a child receives stimulation and learning, the higher the return on investment. The effects of early learning are proven to show results in outcomes education, societal behaviours and even employment. Early Childhood Development yields greater economic and social gains, especially in disadvantaged children and communities.
At SmartStart, we ensure that we are creating a better future for our country by equipping the children in our country. National access to early learning is where we’re headed, to change future’s one child at a time.
The ROI to a unit dollar invested J Heckman 2010 Graph