Whole Child International announces the receipt of a $4.9 million award from USAID to support its program in El Salvador.

The program, known as the Protection & Quality of Care for Children Project, is a five-year collaboration with the government of El Salvador and other partners that will bring high quality, relationship-centered care to an estimated 20,000 children in 252 childcare centers and 54 residential care centers. Efforts will focus on building government ministries’ capacity to manage child protection systems and promote child development through socio-emotional development of vulnerable children. By creating caregiving environments that enable stable, nurturing relationships for every child, regardless of the setting in which they are raised, developmental outcomes will improve.

Whole Child will be responsible for contributing $2.5 million in matching funds over this five-year funding period. The total of $7.4 million will allow full program implementation across the nation and its system of care. With its focus on quality caregiving, the program will train and support multiple levels of stakeholders, from leaders of Salvadoran government ministries, to administrators of centers, to caregiver supervisors, to the caregivers who work with the children every day. Another focus of this project will be assessing deinstitutionalization efforts to date and supporting government efforts to pilot innovative approaches to increase the number of children in family-based care.

Whole Child’s partners at Duke University will evaluate the Protection & Quality of Care for Children Project.