Parents as Partners
Parents as Partners is a holistic, community-based early childhood intervention program designed to meet the needs of Arab Bedouin mothers and their children from birth to age three. This program is a unique and innovative model in the Arab Bedouin community in the Negev and in Israel. It combines the communities’ rich cultural heritage with state-of-the art early childhood theory and practice. In addition, Parents as Partners provides training and employment for women as caregivers in these educational frameworks and allows more and more mothers, once their children are within the framework, to integrate into the work force.
Since the program’s founding, we have opened 21 educational frameworks known as the “House of the Mother and Child” (Beit El-Umm Wal-Tifil) in the recognized and unrecognized Bedouin villages. Through these frameworks, approximately 60 women are employed as daycare teachers, impacting the lives of over 300 children each year.
Program Impact and Highlights
- Hundreds of children and their mothers benefit from Parents as Partners
- Mothers gain knowledge about child nutrition, health promotion, accident prevention, family relations, developmental stimulation, behavior management and the importance of play and literacy
- Widening scope of government support: the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor’s Early Childhood Division recognizes Parents as Partners as a unique program meeting the needs of the Arab Bedouin community of the Negev, and as such provides financial support based on each child attending this program.