In July of 2013 Yaelle Stempfelet who is working on a Master's degree in International Education at the University of Massachusetts with a specialty in early childhood development was retained to evaluate our existing pilot project. Yaelle, who is tri-lingual (English, French and Spanish) spent five years as the director of a bi-lingual Montesorri pre-school in Antigua, Guatemala. As research for her Master's thesis Yaelle visited the pilot project in Quiche on a regular basis and evaluated the curriculum and also interviewed the mothers to gain feedback on the existing program.
Yaelle, who expected to have to develop the curriculum, was pleasantly surprised at the high quality of the work that Alba has done. In interviewing the mothers the recurring theme was "more, more, more." Some of the moms also had good suggestions for additions to the program and most emphasized the importance of the nutritional information. It was clear that the moms were very hungry for information on how to improve the lives and opportunities for their children.
With your help we will be able to add to Alba's program and expand it to four other libraries in our network.
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