Child poverty and ECD



The improved impact of ECD intervention requires coordinated collaborative efforts from multiple government departments, especially the Departments of Social Development, Education, and Health, as well as local government, together with the use of evidence to inform decisions on what types of ECD interventions are best suited for the South African context. The PSPPD Phase II is supporting a number of research initiatives aimed at improving the lives of children. The reports from these projects will be available in the Repository as they are published. 


The impact of poverty and inequality in early childhood on long-term outcomes: Evidence from the Birth to Twenty study    (University of the Witwatersrand)

Objectives: The overarching goal of this action is to reduce disparities in childhood opportunities due to poverty and inequality by generating empirical evidence on the impact of ECD on South African children’s short and long term development outcomes, and engaging stakeholders in government and civil society in using such evidence.

The Family Observatory for Preventative and Developmental Social Work    (Centre for Development Support / Department of Economics, University of Free State)

The overall objective of the action is to inform the implementation of pro-poor preventive and developmental Social Work programmes in poor households and vulnerable communities. 

Family contexts, Child Support Grants and child well-being outcomes     (University of Johannesburg)

The overall objectives of the action are to undertake a quantitative analysis of the NIDS to establish the relations between family context, CSG receipt and child well-being outcomes and to gain in-depth understanding of how family contextual factors mediate the use of resources in achieving child well-being outcomes.

Evaluation of the residential care programme for sexually abused children as part of the Isibindi “Circles of Care” Model  (The Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town)  

The overall aim of this proposed action is to conduct an impact evaluation of the residential programme for sexually abused children as part of the Isibindi child protection model.  In addition, this action aims to build the capacity of Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCW) to enhance their child protection responses.

Alleviating binding constraints to quality education for the poor: Using evidence-based prioritisation to overcome the implementation challenge     (Stellenbosch University)

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to knowledge that could improve policymaking and implementation in education and thereby advance social mobility, reduce poverty, create a more equitable society and strengthen conditions for sustained growth. 

Family cohesion, values and strengthening in promoting family well-being in South Africa           (Human Sciences Research Council)

The broad objective of this action is to enhance knowledge of family-related dynamics, cohesiveness, orientations and preferences in South Africa as the basis for informing policies aimed at strengthening and enhancing the wellbeing of families and, by extension, social cohesion.         

Informal Early Childhood Development Centres – a new area-based approach for improved and up-scaled ECD services for the urban poor               (Project Preparation Trust)

The short term objective is to initiate and rollout a new ECD support programme in eThekwini Municipality for less formal, unregistered ECD centres.  

Longitudinal perspectives on violence in the lives of children  (University of the Witwatersrand)

The overall objective is to gain longitudinal perspectives on violence in the lives of children in South Africa.

Increasing access and improving the quality of Early Childhood Development in South Africa: Effective early childhood development programme options meeting the needs of young South African children  (Centre for Early Childhood Development)

The overall objective of the project is to analyse, review and evaluate early childhood development (ECD) programme options which will increase the access and improve the quality of ECD for young children in South Africa.  This will be used to influence policy changes so that children have greater access to quality ECD programmes thereby reducing inequality and poverty.   

Amajuba Newborn Hearing Screening Programme  (University of KwaZulu-Natal, College of Health Sciences)

The overall objective is to develop a model for a rural Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP). 

Theme 3: Child poverty and ECD