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Cebu sets up home-based day care centers in 10 barangays

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu City (9 October) -- The Cebu City Government has set up ten (10) home-based day care centers in barangays Basak Pardo, Basak San Nicolas, Mambaling, Ermita, Duljo-Fatima, San Roque, Sawang Calero, Pasil, Cogon Pardo and Guba.

Cathy Yso, officer-in-charge, Dept. of Social Welfare Services (DSWS) said, "There is a need to set up additional childhood learning centers in depressed barangays because there are still many children ages 3-6 years old that have not availed of the early childhood care and development (ECCD) programs of the City government due to lack of day care facilities at the barangay level."

Yso added, the home-based day care centers serves as an alternative venue for the children to improve their psychosocial development and physical growth through the latest ECCD technology that focuses on child participation and socialization to ensure the cognitive and emotional development of these children. The new program will use a curriculum that is prescribed by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the Dept of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The home-based day care centers will only have classes two to three times a week, unlike the regular classroom set up that holds classes five days a week. Yso said, this program relies on volunteerism, a member of the community or barangay offering a portion of his/her house to accommodate up to 15 children 2-3 times a week.

The City Government will shoulder the honoraria of the home-based day care workers at P50 per session while Unicef pledged to provide books and other supplies and materials to the children. Yso further said that the City will soon be expanding to more barangays the last quarter of this year so they can help prepare more children for formal education.

"We will be offering the program to other barangays and we will continue with our advocacy for the ECCD home-based program to encourage barangay officials and residents alike to adopt a home-based education. We have identified the mountain barangays of Sinsin, Sudlon 1 and Sudlon 2 as priority barangays for the next project phase," Yso concluded. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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