Access to early childhood education and family support services
In partnership with a local non-profit ANADES (The New Dawn Association of El Salvador) and their Center for Early Childhood Development, PV provides children from impoverished backgrounds (aged two to six years old) access to a transformative, rights-based, hands-on education characterized by a trauma-informed approach. With the generosity of our child sponsors, PV supports 50 scholarships annually as well as enrichment activities such as weekly yoga classes, quarterly field trips, and annual medical check-ups. The scholarships and high quality education create a ripple effect throughout the community, as they allow parents to work or seek opportunities for employment. These educational opportunities would not be provided to the children without Programa Velasco’s financial support. Additionally, because of PV, children and their parents and families are able to benefit from comprehensive support services such as mental health counseling, case management, and monthly educational workshops for parents.
PV provides the Child Development Center with technical assistance as well as monitoring and evaluation support for educational programs and mental health services to ensure that participants access high quality and evidence-based services. Our technical assistance efforts includes assessing children's developmental milestones. The Center currently has an evaluative tool to assess children’s progress in reaching developmental milestones, yet the tool is not as objective and informative as they would like. With the guidance from early childhood education practitioners and researchers, PV adapted a tool to best measure children’s development. PV partnered with the University of Technology of El Salvador to have its psychology students conduct the assessments. The results will inform ANADES how to make decisions regarding improvements to their instruction or curriculum.
PV equips the Center's teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the children’s comprehensive development and social-emotional needs. We support teachers in two ways: 1) We draw from our experience facilitating personal empowerment workshops with entrepreneurs and adapted the methodology to train the Center’s teachers and support staff. The workshops focus on topics such as self-awareness, collaboration, and conflict-resolution. Teachers gain more understanding of themselves, manage their stress, and strengthen bonds with their colleagues. 2) PV finances the teachers' technical skill development by providing them a scholarship to attend continuing education courses. Each of PV's efforts to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge is needed to teach children and their parents more effectively.
Children have received a scholarship for pre-school, on average for 3 years
Families have accessed counseling services and case management services funded by PV
Teachers have participated in professional development and social-emotional skills building opportunities
Years of experience supporting access to high quality early education for families living on the margins