Access to early childhood development (ECD) education in marginalized communities is one of the most fundamental challenges facing South Africa’s development. Our inequality crisis is prolonged by the lack of education - particularly quality ECD education - in low-income communities. It has been proven that children who are well educated and stimulated between 0 and 5 years old have a higher change of being successful in life, socially, emotionally and financially.

GROW with Educare Centres (a non-profit organisation) provides women living in low-income communities the opportunity to run excellent, private, fee-paying early learning centres that are also viable businesses using the principles of social enterprise and micro franchising.

We achieve this by implementing a simple, replicable business model using an 'Education in a Box’ and ‘Business in a Box’ solution.

The GROW franchisee (the school principal) gets everything she needs to operate a successful sustainable ECD Centre, from resources (curriculum and equipment) and intensive teacher training to business mentoring, financial management and operational procedures. It is a holistic model that develops the franchisee to manage an excellent, high quality preschool facility, which is also a viable business.

Brief introduction to GROW with Educare Centres

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The GROW with Educare Centres project was incubated by a partnership between The Clothing Bank and Grow Learning Company. Both partners have a deep understanding of the core components required to establish successful, self-sufficient, independent business owners who are able to provide quality education.

What do we do?

Microfranchising adapts the proven principles of traditional franchising (one of the most successful business network models around) to suit the needs of small businesses in low-income communities.
Our model
The design of this microfranchise involves an end-to-end business model. This model encompasses investment in infrastructure, training of the franchisee and intensive monitoring and support.
Our vision and mission
To develop a national brand of quality, inspirational, fee-paying Early Childhood Development centres in low-income areas for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years.

Why get involved?

  • You will benefit impoverished communities using a microfranchising model that has been proved to be effective and sustainable. Our track record so far shows that the model is working well.
  • Ultimately you will help to alleviate poverty in South Africa. In the long term, more children will matriculate, study further, obtain employment and support their families.
  • If you are passionate about education, it has been proved that there will be a greater return on your investment if education is focused at an early childhood level rather than at a later stage.
  • According to UNICEF, monetary investments in Early Childhood Development can yield returns 4 to 5 times higher than the amount invested, sometimes higher.
  • You will gain brand recognition through a rewarding social responsibility project.


Contact Us

Cape Town

31 Thor Circle
Viking Place


Sheilah Chikoki
Regional Implementation Manager


272 Umbilo Rd,
Bulwer, Durban


Tara Rosser
Regional Implementation Manager


50 Tsessebe Cresent
Corporate Park South


Shireen Miller
Regional Implementation Manager