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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

HSRC seminar: Early childhood development forums: Networking to successfully enhance outcomes for young children

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Conference & seminar papers
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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Published :
2015
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Research findings on the benefits of ECD networks and forums

Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) has been extensively involved over the past fifteen years in the early childhood development sector in KwaZulu-Natal, specifically supporting ECD service providers through community based ECD development forums. In 2015 the HSRC finalised a review of SCSA’s ECD Forums intervention in selected sites in KwaZulu-Natal to assess the effectiveness of the intervention in enhancing access to quality centre based ECD for young children. The study found that SCSA supported ECD Forums extensively leveraged in kind and monetary support for ECD Centres and their staff, fostered social cohesion and solidarity amongst forum members, mobilized effective engagement with key government stakeholders, provided a platform for rapidly diffusing good practices and innovation and has demonstrated potential for advancing community development and empowerment. The findings provide persuasive evidence of how SCSA has harnessed the power of collective action towards enhancing the positive outcomes for young children, living in compromised environments in the context of scarce resources. Presentations can be downloaded above.