42% of preschoolers in Ukraine don`t attend kindergartens mainly because of lack of free places there, high poverty and the war conflict in country. That's why 4 mln women are unemployed. Daycare and early education services is especially important to provide for vulnerable families, where children more often are neglected, abused, malnourished than in others.As result, they`re significantly stunted physically, socially and cognitively. It happens that parents are leaving children alone at home.
Preschoolers from vulnerable and refugees' families attend our 3 Early Learning Centers in Odessa. 200 children have high-quality care, nutrition, medical supervision, safety play zone and classes based on Montessori and other best approaches of early development. Positive parenting training, legal and psychological support are provided for their caregivers. For 23 years our Way Home Foundation has changed thousands of at-risk people lives, has international awards and collaborates with UNICEF.
Vulnerable families' welfare and resilience will increase, mothers will be able to get a job. Kids will prepare for school, improve health, emotional status, intellectual, speech, social abilities. It will eliminate social differences and maladaptation. Researches shows, school success of children who were in preschool is 20% higher than those who weren't, and for every $1 spent on early education, up to $17 are saved over time on costs for remedial education,health care,welfare,criminal justice
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).