ERIC Number: ED371902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Home-Based Community Day Care and Children's Rights: The Colombian Case. Innocenti Occasional Papers. Child Rights Series, Number 3.
Cardona, Carlos Castillo; And Others
This paper describes the Programme for Home-Based Community Day Care, a training program undertaken by the Colombian Family Welfare Institute. The program offers training and support to mothers so that they can each care in their homes for up to 15 children from the local community. Now in its sixth year, the project reaches nearly 1 million children, or about 83 percent of all children living in poverty in Colombia. The paper describes the program in detail, examining the means used to tie communities into the initiative, the role of government and nongovernment organizations, and the activities of mothers, assistants, parent associations, and public officials. It also reviews studies that document the program's positive effect on the health, nutrition, and psychological and emotional well-being of the children involved, noting that: (1) the supervision provided through the community day care homes allows women to dedicate more time to jobs that augment the incomes of their families; and (2) the educational element of the program helps to enrich the relationships between adults and children and generate a social and cultural environment more favorable to children. The program's compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is also discussed. An appendix outlines program costs. (MDM)
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Community Programs, Early Childhood Education, Family Day Care, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Mothers, Poverty Programs, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Training
UNICEF International Child Development Centre, Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 12, 50122, Florence, Italy.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, Florence (Italy). International Child Development Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Colombia