Developing appropriate financing models for ECD scale-up

Towards public funding

Donor funding plays an important role in ECD provision in South Africa currently, but its contribution would be insufficient to finance ECD at a large scale. Parents and caregivers also make an enormous contribution to the financing of ECD services through fees, but to rely on the private financing of ECD services is to perpetuate existing social inequalities.

Public provision of ECD services is the sustainable solution to breaking intergenerational poverty cycles.

This paper looks at how national and provincial budget processes impact on the funding of ECD services, and at the mechanics of preparing credible plans and budgets that will enable government to effectively finance and deliver them.

Written by Jonathan Carter and Conrad Barberton, Cornerstone Economic Research. Published by Ilifa in 2014.