Early childhood caregiver training program
Creating safe play spaces for children in a high-distress community
There are approximately 42,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers living in Tel Aviv-Yafo, including approximately 4,400 children of asylum-seekers, the majority of whom are aged 0-6.
Due to the prohibitive expense of private childcare for children under the age of three (there is no government-funded care for this age group), asylum seeker parents will turn to pirate ‘babysitters’ to provide care for their children while they eke out a living. These are illegal facilities, usually situated in the apartments of the caregivers, with low standards, insufficient communication, lack of stimulation, poor nutrition, overcrowding, safety hazards and unprofessional and untrained staff.
Children often suffer neglect, indifference as well as developmental, educational, and emotional insufficiencies. Tragically, 11 infant deaths have occurred at these facilities in the past few years.
The Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo has identified 90 such facilities in Tel Aviv, containing approximately 2,800 children aged 0-6.
The program aims to improve conditions in early childhood pirate ‘babysitter’ facilities by upskilling the caregivers. This includes:
- Comprehensive weekly pedagogical training
- Educational training courses and workshops
- Improving physical conditions and providing educational equipment
- Providing parents with information and early childhood parenting tools
The Tel Aviv Foundation is seeking a philanthropic investment to support the training program in pirate ‘babysitter’ facilities to improve the care situation in which many children of asylum seekers continue to find themselves. The requested donation extends over three years to ensure continuity and consistency of support.
Requested donation: $540,000