True North

True North provides Early Childhood Development services aimed at ensuring that young children in marginalized Cape Town communities are prepared for their future education. These services include training, equipping, connecting, and providing on-site support to their caregivers.
2007South Africa

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
DeliveryTrue North holistic ECD ProgrammeEarly Childhood DevelopmentEarly childhood

Location Data

Western CapeCape TownPeri-Urban

True North works toward providing Early Childhood Development support to children aged between 0 and 5 years from underprivileged backgrounds in Cape Town, South Africa. Currently concentrating on the Vrygrond and Overcome Heights areas of the Western Cape, the organization has developed a strategy which is built around the offering of in-center interventions (for children in ECD center care and provision) and out-of-center interventions (for children not receiving ECD care in a formal pre-school environment) using the TN 7 Key Principles to ensure a sustainable impact upon the community:

1.       Research;

2.       Building and maintaining relationships;

3.       Technology/Mapping;

4.       Partnerships with local community;

5.       Strength/Needs assessments of the community via participative feedback;

6.       Holistic implementation;

7.       A clear exit strategy


Its holistic implementation methodology is based on four key principles:  Training, Support, Provision of resources, and the Facilitation of connections between participants and stakeholders.

These four principles are implemented in six focus areas: Active learning; Health and Safety education; ECD Leadership and Management; Parent Engagement; Community Engagement; and Premises and Equipment. For premises and equipment, both minor and major upgrades to education facilities are provided and community labor and involvement is encouraged. Additionally, parent and community engagement are vital to the program to ensure its sustainability and success.


Offering culture-considerate services informed by clear strategic plans, and continuous M&E. Working with and expanding on existing infrastructure & personnel resources. Using enterprise development and rewards as a means for encouraging participation. Government bureaucracy, Lack of previously used examples; Building delays; Risk of dependency on True North.

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