IMPLEMENTATION_OF_ECCD_and_PROFESSIONALI.pdf - Fundacion Educacion y Cooperacion(EDUCO December 2017 Marlene Floresca Allan Lee Nuñez Cecilia Cristobal

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Marlene Floresca Allan Lee Nuñez Cecilia Cristobal Fundacion Educacion y Cooperacion (EDUCO) December 2017
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IMPLEMENTATION OF ECCD & PROFESSIONALIZING CHILD DEVELOPMENT WORKERS: WHAT WORKS? 1 Table of Contents I. INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................ 2 Background ................................................................................................................................. 2 Objectives of the Study ............................................................................................................... 3 Conceptual Framework ............................................................................................................... 3 Significance of the Study ............................................................................................................. 4 Limitations of the Study .............................................................................................................. 5 Data Collection and Methodology .............................................................................................. 6 II. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION .......................................................................................................... 8 Profile of Study Areas .................................................................................................................. 8 Profile of Respondents ................................................................................................................ 8 Developments in the Philippine Legal Frameworks for ECCD .................................................. 11 Noteworthy Practices for Day Care Service .............................................................................. 14 Day Care Service Delivery in the Study Areas ........................................................................... 15 Towards Professionalizing Child Development Workers .......................................................... 22 Other Findings ........................................................................................................................... 24 III. CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................ 27 IV. RECOMMENDATIONS .............................................................................................................. 28 V. BIBLIOGRAPHY .......................................................................................................................... 30
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IMPLEMENTATION OF ECCD & PROFESSIONALIZING CHILD DEVELOPMENT WORKERS: WHAT WORKS? 2 I. INTRODUCTION Background The Philippines declares its population as the most valuable resource of the nation. National policies particularly impart that children are the country’s best asset and measures should be taken to ensure that they achieve their full potential (PD 603, 1974). In doing so, the National Government recognizes the importance of starting early and hence, joins the global community in promoting quality Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programs and services for children 0 to 8 years old (RA 10410). The brain develops at its most rapid pace during the early years of life. 1 Early experiences play a vital role in establishing neural connections responsible for different functions. This is harnessed when children are provided with a full range of services addressing social protection, proper health and nutrition, and opportunities for socialization and early stimulation. The Day Care Centers (DCCs) are the primary service venue to fulfill the growth and developmental needs of children under 5 (PD 1567; RA 6972). Child Development Workers (CDWs) are among the first nurturers of young children through the day care services. Current developments and initiatives on the delivery of ECCD service involve enhancing the technical capacities of the CDWs, as well as promoting for their professional tenure. Further, one of the mandates of the Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC) is to ensure that CDWs are equipped with the competencies to deliver comprehensive and integrative ECCD service, and thus the initiative of professionalizing CDWs. The current programming cycle of EDUCO Philippines enlists a pilot project on ECCD in partnership with the LGU of Castilla, Sorsogon. The Organization shares the LGU’s vision to upgrade Day Care Centers and enhance capacities of its Child Development Workers. As EDUCO develops its 2018 Country Plan shifting towards becoming a learning organization, it embarks on a research on the delivery of ECCD in the municipalities of Castilla, Donsol, and Pilar in the province of Sorsogon. Specifically, the research would likewise collect legal frameworks and documented good practices relative to sustainable and quality implementation of ECCD in the country. The research would serve as EDUCO Philippines’ basis in the development of its organizational advocacy and program interventions for ECCD.
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