The best way to shape our country’s future is through our children,
and the best time to shape a healthy child is early.
Experiences in the first few hours, days, months and years of life shape deep and lasting neural pathways in the developing brain of a child, forming qualities of mind and character that will last a lifetime.
For every one of us, the quality of our early life experiences laid the foundations for who we are today.
Children who feel loved and protected; receive good healthcare and food; and are given opportunities that spark their ability to learn, are able to build strong foundations.
By enabling these strong early foundations for children, we improve their likelihood of future school success, health outcomes and employment prospects.
Acting on this knowledge presents an unmissable opportunity to significantly alter the course of South Africa, by influencing the current trajectories of our youngest citizens.
Explore the 2018 SA Child Guage
The annual South African Child Gauge shares research on challenges
facing children in South Africa. This issue focuses on Children, Families and the State, and explores the ways families, communities, government and
society as a whole can collaborate effectively to nurture children and support their development.
This video by the Harvard University Centre for the Developing Child explains how experiences shape the process that determines whether a child’s brain will provide a strong or a weak foundation for all future learning, behaviour and health.
Understand the economic case
“The rate of return for investment in quality early childhood education is 13% per annum through better outcomes in education, health, sociability, economic productivity and reduced crime.”
– Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago Economics Professor James Heckman