Our total investment:
$500K unrestricted grants
Funded since 2021

Why We Invest

Early learning plays a huge role in future success. Structured play is a great way for kids to acquire crucial cognitive, social, and emotional skills. In South Africa, SmartStart trains and equips women to run play-based early learning centers in homes and community spaces. Working parents also need daycare for kids and aftercare for their kids. It’s available throughout working hours at the centers.

The women who run the centers receive comprehensive content, program guidelines, and materials and each center offers four hours of structured, play-based learning daily in homes and community spaces like churches and schools. Compared to national averages, SmartStart kids reach their early learning milestones and perform better on numeracy and literacy tests. 

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