Why invest in ECD?

Research has proven that QUALITY investing in ECD can break the poverty cycle.
Ben Bernanke: Investing in Early Childhood programs promise big returns.

Dr Tshepo Motsepe

Chairperson of The Early Care Foundation

The foundation phase is very important because that's when these little brains are at their most receptive.

Adams, S. 2018. First in Class. Destiny. 127:20-23.

Juniour Khumalo. 2018. She’s Practically Royal: SA’s (only) First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe. City Press (infographic). https://city-press.news24.com/News/shes-practically-royal-sas-only-first-lady-dr-tshepomotsepe-20180216. Date of access: 19 Oct. 2018.

James Heckman

Nobel Memorial Prize Winner in Economics

Investing in quality ECD shows a 7-10% ROI

Center for the Economics of Human Development, The University of Chicago. 2018. James J. Heckman Biography (infographic). https://cehd.uchicago.edu/?page_id=71. Date of access: 16 Oct. 2018.

Core Team - James Heckman: The Economics of Inequality and Childhood Education. (video). 2015. https://youtu.be/X83gk4PvIRc. Date of access: 28 Jun. 2018.

Sizwe Nxasana

Former CEO of FirstRand Group

We've got to stop thinking about ECD as social welfare and think about it as a really important part of when preparations for knowledge, for skills, for character actually happens.

GIBS Business School - Sizwe Nxasana: Early Childhood Development is Fundamental. (video). 2018. https://youtu. be/B2gig79Cdjs. Date of access: 9 Oct. 2018.

Synchronised Speakers. 2013. Sizwe Nxasana Business Leader (infographic). http://www.synchronisedspeakers. co.za/speaker/sizwe-nxasana/. Date of access: 15 Oct. 2018.
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Children’s Defence Fund. Ben Bernanke: Investing in Early Childhood programs promise big returns. (video). 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SQbo9nZSYw Date of access: 10 March 2018.

The World Bank. 2010. Early Childhood Development. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/ EXTAFRREGTOPEDUCATION/Resources/444707-1291071725351/ECCD-factsheet-final.pdf Date of access: 10 March 2018.

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