The First Years of Life
If young children manage to attain a critical trajectory of growth and development early on, most will stay on-course for life. That upward curve is exponential, because accumulated skills and knowledge keeps compounding the returns on investments in early childhood. Those who fail to reach that trajectory tend to fall further and further behind over the course of their lives. And their children are likely to experience the same cumulative disadvantage.
If we can develop the resourcefulness of young children in South Africa over the next decade, we will likely achieve greater equality, better health outcomes, better education, a stronger economy and higher productivity, and a better, safer society.
The essential capabilities of a resourceful child are emotional self-regulation and social skills, sensorimotor development, and cognitive, language, literacy and mathematics aptitudes. It sounds complex, yet it depends on the simple and fundamental inputs of love, food, safety and stimulation.
What we support:
- Access to an essential package including nutrition, parenting support, early learning, health and social services;
- A ‘toolbox’ of quality interventions aimed at building emotional, language, cognitive, social, literacy, mathematics and sensorimotor skills among young children;
- Vehicles for getting the toolbox to all children with high quality and consistency;
- The money, people and systems to manage the vehicle and use the toolbox;
- Public communication and community involvement in capacitation of young children.
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