ERIC Number: ED418046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Affordable Early Childhood Development Provision for Preschool Children in South Africa.
This paper explores the realities of provision of services to the youngest children of South Africa. Where early childhood programs do exist they are neglected and of poor quality. Strong arguments exist for early childhood development (ECD) intervention programs. The effects of existing programs provide evidence for expanding the range of affordable services. The lack of financial resources and an unwillingness by the previous government to take responsibility for ECD services are the major causes of the very limited overall access. Fewer than 11 percent of the "under-fives" in South Africa have access to provisions. Funding for ECD must be located within the framework of a comprehensive national strategy for reconstruction and development and should address needs and inequality, with emphasis on the principles of redress, equity, and quality service rendering. The paper asserts that the society cannot afford to provide essential early childhood development services for its youngest children. (EH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Compensatory Education, Early Experience, Early Intervention, Educational Philosophy, Foreign Countries, Intervention, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
Human Sciences Research Council Publishers, Private Bag X41, 0001 Pretoria, South Africa.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria (South Africa).
Identifiers - Location: South Africa