Most developing countries do not have Head Start programs or preschools. In fact, it is not uncommon to see very young children wandering the streets while their parents work to earn a living. Toddlers can be seen hanging on the skirts of their mothers who are vendors. The daycare in Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras specifically targets the low-economic class to keep children off the street and break this cycle of poverty.
The daycare provides:
- 3 balanced meals
- Medical care
- School supplies
- Sleeping room
- Nap room
Children between the ages of 2 and 6 are placed in age-appropriate structured learning environments within a 1-room class setting. A certified teacher is provided by CAMO for Kindergarten for children between the ages of 4-6. This licensed kindergarten prepares children to be ready for 1st grade. The Ministry of Education in Honduras has noted that these children are among the highest-performing and best-disciplined children coming into the 1st grade.
IMPACT: 70 children benefiting from education, nutrition and a safe place taking them off the streets and giving them a head start.