Early childhood development refers to the physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and motor development of a child from the prenatal stage to age eight. This is a very important stage, because the development of a child will have a direct impact on their adult life.
What this means is that the child will be a result of everything they are exposed to. It is, therefore, essential that a child is cared for, protected, and given the right amount of attention. Proper early childhood care leads to the child becoming a responsible citizen, thereafter providing the country with improved human capital.
Royal Golden Eagle, previously known as Raja Garuda Mas, is a resource-based conglomerate that manages an array of international companies, holds operations in Indonesia, China, Brazil, and Canada. The Tanoto Foundation has executed multiple initiatives in order to improve early childhood development, starting with Indonesia, where RGM Group has operations.
Their first initiative was the aid they provided to renovating and building community centres committed to helping those in need of early childhood development support. They have continued to show support through their Strengthening Indonesia’s Early Generation by Accelerating Potential program (otherwise known as SiGAP) that was a part of the RPTR festival, focused on helping children reach their true potential. The SiGAP program also plans to open up early childhood parenting centres by the year 2020, educating both caregivers and soon-to-be parents on this topic.
The Tanoto Foundation is an inspiration to those seeking to invest in this cause, especially to governments that understand the potential it brings with it. As investing in early childcare development comes with the promise of improved human capital in the future, it is of top priority to many governments around the world.
One such party interested in this cause is the Government of Canada. The Government has decided to invest in seven new projects focusing on providing early childcare development support. The Government has invested an amount of about $1.8 billion to ensure the success of these projects. These projects fall under long-term investments made by the Government of Canada.
They are as follows:
- Scaling ELCC innovation led by Kerry McCuaig at the Atkinson Centre of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
- Inclusive early childhood service system action research project led by Dr. Kathryn Underwood at Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Studies
- Social finance models for ELCC service providers by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
- A national network on Early Learning and Child Care Human Resources Innovation and Decent Work by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
- Knowledge production and transfer to support innovative approaches to ELCC service delivery by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
- Improved staff qualifications and service quality through enhanced and accelerated ECE training by the Learning Enrichment Foundation
- ‘Rebuilding the village: A novel approach to inclusive early learning and child care environment’ by the Regional Municipality of Durham’
Royal Golden Eagle’s (RGE) Tanoto Foundation promises to keep supporting programs that are dedicated to improving early childcare development, especially through their flagship SiGAP program.