This is the third of a four-part blog series which will outline the philosophy behind our work, and the roadmap going forward. (See also pt. 1, pt. 2, and pt. 4.)

Before:

  • Children are kept in large groups by age and “graduate” to new caregivers and peers regularly.
  • Caregivers are overwhelmed and don’t know how to connect in a meaningful way with children, considering the constraints of time and the large number of children for whom they are responsible.
  • Children have no personal space or record of the moments and developments that form their identity.
  • Countries overly rely on residential care (orphanages)

After:

  • Children are placed in family-like small groups where primary caregiver relationships are formed and maintained as long as they are in care.
  • Caregivers are trained to use routine moments to connect with each child and feel confident in their ability to provide what the child needs.
  • Caregivers keep records of developmental milestones; children have cubbies for their own things and a binder of progress and past history to help form an identity.
  • Residential care centers are supported in expanding their programs to include services in family reunification and support, running small-scale foster programs, and appropriate monitoring.

The next installment of this series is Our Results: an overview of the developmental outcomes of children in childcare systems after our intervention.