Lynch found that investment in high quality prekindergarten programs generates billions of dollars in economic and other benefits for the federal and state governments. The study, Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation, published by the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute, shows huge benefits whether programs are universal or targeted to three- and four-year-old children from poor families. PreK Programs Reduce Future Crime A longitudinal study of participants in a Chicago public schools program serving preK through third grade students reported that at age 24 program participants had acquired more education and were less likely to commit crimes than those who did not receive the same level of service.
Open in a separate window Singing was the most popular daily activity done by children in the CBCCs followed by free play, spiritual activities and story telling, clay modelling and then rope skitting. In terms of indoor and outdoor play materials, it was evident that CBCCs are not well equipped with in-door play materials.
This shows that over the period — there was a significant increase in the number of children attending CBCCs in Malawi.
What we see therefore is that The northern region had the highest proportion of children enrolled in CBCCs at This demonstrates that with increased investment in CBCCs and ensuring that they are operational, a greater proportion of children can be served in CBCCs.
CBCCs are spread across Malawi and are managed by members of the community hence providing the early childhood education that children need. This study also generally shows that CBCCs, as ECD centres, are playing an important role in Malawi despite the challenges that are being experienced in the management of these centres.
Even though no studies have been done to determine the impact of the CBCCs in the later life of the children who attend these centres, the Government of Malawi supports the centres based on results from other countries which have demonstrated that ECD programs prepare young children for enrolment in primary school and that many of the benefits of ECD are realised through improved enrolment and schooling achievement of ECD graduates van der Gaag and Tan undated ; Ministry of Gender, Children and Community Development and UNICEF, as well as school achievement van der Gaag and Tan undated.
The reasons for promoting ECD programs as found by van der Gaag and Tan were also mentioned by caregivers in this study who said that community members established CBCCs in order to expose these children to education as well as ensuring that when the children start Standard 1 they perform better in classrooms.
Even though some authors have argued that early childhood care and education ECCE should not become an integral part of the education system and policy until resource poor countries can adequately sustain primary and basic schools Thomas and Thomasin this study we have demonstrated that using community-based and community-owned approaches such as CBCCs costs of running such a system can be decreased significantly as everything is being run and managed by community members for example they provide meals given to enrolled children and they engage in fundraising activities to raise money for managing CBCCs.
The major challenge, however, is the training of caregivers. Such training is the responsibility of a national core team of trainers Messner and Levy and it is not cheap.
Van der Gaag and Tan undated have also argued that benefits of ECD programs are not only related to education and that there are also other direct benefits to the child. One of the examples they give is the provision of meals in ECD centres. The CBCCs in Malawi also provide at least a meal a day to the children enrolled in these centres; hence children are assured of at least one meal a day.
The provision of meals therefore ensures that children enrolled in these CBCCs have at least a meal a day which contributes to fighting malnutrition in a country where this is quite prevalent.
The provision of these meals in the CBCCs is also a major attraction for children and Munthali et al. In addition to the provision of nutritious foods the CBCCs also provide health care services for children as is the case with other ECDs for example see van der Gaag and Tan undated.
While it is recommended that when children enrolled in CBCCs are ill their parents or guardians should be informed so that they can take their children to the hospital CBCC profilehealth workers especially Health Surveillance Assistants HSAs do visit some CBCCs to provide services such as immunisation and other preventive and promotive health services.
HSAs are the lowest cadre in the Ministry of Health in Malawi and are based at community level, attached to a health facility and mainly perform preventive and promotive health services Ministry of Health Studies have also demonstrated that even though the GoM designed an Essential Health Package EHP which should be available to everyone, orphans and other vulnerable children have problems in accessing health care.
For example, orphaned children aged 0—4 are less likely to have a health card and are also less likely to have received the required immunisation and Vitamin A supplements Pullum ab.
As has been reported in this study, a number of CBCCs did report that their facilities were visited by health workers providing various health interventions. This study has also highlighted the fact that the enrolment of children in CBCCs tends to free up time for mothers or guardians of these children and hence they are able to perform other economically productive activities.
A number of scholars have also highlighted the fact that ECD programs create or improve the employment opportunities of mothers hence they can earn an income Yallow et al.
In the current study informants also said that in general children are at risk of being bullied and they can experience physical as well as sexual abuse when they are left home and they did acknowledge that CBCCs are helpful because they offered protection to children against such threats.
What we see therefore is that just like any other approaches in ECD programming the CBCCs provide a combination of nutrition, health care, protection and cognitive development see Young, There is a general consensus that ECD programs are particularly beneficial for disadvantaged children as most of the components that contribute to the proper development of a child are usually present in a relatively well-off household van der Gaag and Tan undated.
As has been demonstrated in this study overall In Malawi there are 1. While the extended family system is still a major approach for caring for orphans, this system is becoming overstretched Ministry of Women, Children and Community Development Since poverty is widespread, members of the extended family system already living in poverty are further pulled down below the subsistence levels by an influx of orphans.
In such prevailing poverty situations, it becomes difficult for the extended family system to adequately provide for the survival, protection and development of orphans. Because of poverty it is difficult for OVC to have a decent life: Furthermore, orphans are deprived of their right to education as detailed in the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, the CRC and other international instruments.
They will drop out of school even if school fees are paid for them Ministry of Women, Children and Community Development Other vulnerable children such as street children and the disabled are also at risk of mistreatment and exploitation through child labour, sexual or physical abuse, malnutrition, child trafficking, and witchcraft practices.
The establishment of CBCCs therefore is making a significant contribution as it is contributing towards ensuring children, especially that orphans and other vulnerable children, have access to nutritious foods, health care and psycho-social support.
The enrolment of these orphans in the CBCCs constitutes an important component of the national response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Malawi and such an approach ensures that these vulnerable children have access to food, health care and protection.
This study has also shown that there was an increase in the number of CBCCs in the s and early s.Early childhood education can impact a child's academic success and reduce incidences of crime and delinquency, according to professor W.
Steven Barnett, author of "Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications," published by the National Institute for Early Education .
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