Cape Town Embrace; Early Childhood Development


SmartStart

SmartStart A social franchise expanding access to quality early learning in South Africa, for children aged 3 and 4 years old In South Africa only 40% of 3-4 year olds attend early learning programmes, and when they do, the quality of these programmes is often poor.   SmartStart provides a new mechanism for rapidly scaling […]

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Posted on 13 May 2019

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Opportunity 7

What happens in the home in the first two years after birth largely shapes whether children are still on track by Grade 4. Public services are essential, but not enough, for a child to grow and thrive. ‘Ordinary magic’ – parental love, or the presence of other caring adults in a child’s life and modest […]

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Posted on 3 May 2017

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Opportunity 4

There is strong international evidence that sufficient investment in early childhood development (ECD) can significantly improve national educational, health, social and economic outcomes. This is the time when the building blocks for one’s entire life course are being laid down, and the rate of physical and mental development is at its highest.[1]Heckman J (2006). Skill […]

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Posted on 3 May 2017

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Free online course to develop resilience in children

One of our implementing partners focusing on early childhood development, Cape Town Embrace, recommended the following free online course to help people to develop resilience in children.  It is such an important issue that we thought it worth sharing with a broader audience.   Please see the course description following: “Children around the world experience severe adversity […]

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Posted on 1 Oct 2014

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Holding and containing: reflections on the emotional demands of working in communities

Flying Children is a South African non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of care available to pre-school children in South Africa’s disadvantaged areas. Working with ‘clusters’ of around 18 schools, their programme offers makeovers that achieve a basic quality of facilities. They conduct intense teaching, mentoring and supervision with the teachers, and then build services […]

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Posted on 5 Sep 2014

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Chronicles of Cape Town Embrace #5: Back to the drawing board

After the second round of consultation, this time with potential participants in the programme, DGMT CEO, David Harrison and Mark Gamble from Educo Africa decided they were ready to pull together a group of people to thrash out the nuts and bolts of how the initiative could work: “We had chewed on the idea for […]

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Posted on 26 Feb 2014

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Chronicles of Cape Town Embrace #4: Take 2

In our last article we described the initial reaction of our Board to the concept and formal consultation results regarding the proposed Cape Town Great Potential Project (known today as Cape Town Embrace). Although most of the Trustees liked the concept, concerns around viability made them request the development of a more detailed implementation plan. […]

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Posted on 3 Feb 2014

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Chronicles of Cape Town EMBRACE #3: Getting the Board on board

In our previous article describing how the idea for Cape Town Embrace was conceptualised, we mentioned in passing that regardless of the ‘great potential’ of the programme concept, it was going to be a tough sell to our Board.  The reason for this is that foundations and other bilateral donors tend to operate in very […]

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Posted on 17 Jan 2014

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Chronicles of Cape Town EMBRACE #2: Conception

It all started with a presentation to our board by the editor of the Cape Times, Alide Dasnois in November 2012.  Her presentation was thought provoking – it presented Cape Town through the lens of inequality. With a Gini coefficient[1] of 0.67, Cape Town mirrors the income inequality of the rest of South Africa.  Of […]

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Posted on 3 Dec 2013

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Cape Town EMBRACE Launch: Every Child has Great Potential

A new city-wide initiative to protect and develop the potential of all 75 000 babies who will be born in Cape Town next year and each following year will be launched on Tuesday 3 December 2013. The aim of Cape Town EMBRACE is to connect each child in the city who might otherwise be excluded, […]

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Posted on 3 Dec 2013

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