Integrated Development Centers
Examples of Experiences in Child-Friendly Municipalities
What the Municipalities need in order to promote integrated child development
What the Municipalities need in order to promote integrated child developmentIn order to define the needs for integrated child development in the eleven municipalities selected, UNICEF-Santo Domingo has supported and accompanied the Early Childhood Care Office (DAPI) in conducting field visits, as well as the local authorities and civil society, in drawing up Agendas for Childhood, in which they analyse the situation of children in different age cycles between birth and the age of eighteen.
Meetings and discussions have served as a starting point for defining several areas where improvement and cooperation is needed:
Infrastructure and material resources. The few existing spaces for integrated child development lack usable materials as well as furniture and educational materials.
The need for a strategy for working with families, to improve the development of children under the age of five. There are no family-based projects in the target municipalities. This requires mobilising parents and the community so that they carry out joint actions that will benefit their children.
Training and educating teachers and agents specialising in working with children under the age of five and with non-school care modalities that are flexible and realistic.
Helping create local networks for improving local government capacity and promoting young people’s participation, participation by non-governmental organisations, church groups and university students, among others.
Preparation/adaptation and/or adjustment of materials – guides, manuals, videos – with an integrated vision. Updating existing documents and preparation of materials for volunteers and auxiliary workers.