Extended care for at-risk children with development disabilities at the Holland Center
Giving children and parents the security and support they need
The needs of a child with a disability are long-term and it is challenging to find caregivers for these children. The situation is exacerbated for families in distress, in cases of drug abuse, violence, etc., as this puts the child at additional risk. The risk also increases in families with a number of disabled children or in large families. These families often lack the physical and mental resources to manage effectively and struggle to meet the special needs of their baby or toddler with a disability ongoing.
The Holland Center Rehabilitation Day Care Center provides rehabilitative care for children aged six months to three years with developmental disabilities. It is the only one of its kind in Tel Aviv-Yafo and offers rehabilitative and therapeutic intervention in the early stages of the child’s development for the purpose of helping the child to reach his maximum potential, and assistance and support to the child’s family in dealing with the child’s treatments while minimizing the effects of the child’s disability on the family.
Currently, the Holland Center daycare operates Sunday-Thursday from 7:30am – 3:30pm and on Fridays from 7:30am – 12:00pm.
The project is designed to extend the hours of care for children at risk: from 3:30pm until 7:00pm. This will enable children in need to stay longer in the safe and supportive environment provided by the Holland Center, reduce the burden on parents, and mitigate the risk and neglect the children are exposed to at home. If successful, this may also reduce the incidence of at-risk children with a disability being removed from their parental homes.
The Tel Aviv Foundation is seeking a philanthropic investment to provide extended hours of care at the Holland Center for children and families in dire need. The requested donation is over three years in order to provide consistent and continuous support to the children.
Requested donation (over three years): $275,000.