Early Childhood

All researches show that:

  • The formative years are most critical phase in a child´s life.
  • The importance and effectiveness of investment during the early phase of a child´s life minimizes the need and cost of “overcoming” deficiencies at a later stage.
  • Investment in early childhood can save expenditures for individuals and the government in the short and long term. Every dollar invested in early childhood represent savings of 7 dollars in later years.
  • Gaps created during this phase are very hard to narrow at later stages.

 

In Israel every third child lives under the poverty line, so there is a massive need for professional support and budget to ensure that our next generation will be raised in the best conditions.

Many professional programs have been developed for young children in Israel and all over the world and were operated in Israel.

Unfortunately, many good programs did not survive financial crises, personnel and governmental changes
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Our Goal

Many professional programs have been developed for young children in Israel and all over the world and were operated in Israel. Unfortunately, many good programs did not survive financial crises, personnel and governmental changes.

The Foundation developed a working model with the local municipalities that strengthens the local municipality´s ability to take responsibility to the quality and quantity of the services provided for young children. The Main Factor of the model is the appoinment of a profesional director for early childhood servies in each municipality.

The Problem

The Foundation identifies the fragmentation in the services provided to young children in Israel as the main problem. 5governmental offices are involved in providing services to young children (health, education, welfare, trade and industry, urbanization). There is hardly a coordination and or cooperation between them. Appointing an early childhood specialist manager at the top of the system in each city contributes to the proper allocation of resources, raising the professional standards of the various services, measuring them and creating the necessary partnerships.

It may seem simple to say “let´s all work together for the sake of the children under professional gaudiness” but in fact it is not less than a revolution and involves change in perceptions and political municipal Structures, but when it succeeds it is the success of all the partners and mainly of the children and their parents.

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Child laying his head on his mother

Municipal Model

The Foundation identifies the fragmentation in the services provided to young children in Israel as the main problem. 5governmental offices are involved in providing services to young children (health, education, welfare, trade and industry, urbanization). There is hardly a coordination and or cooperation between them. Appointing an early childhood specialist manager at the top of the system in each city contributes to the proper allocation of resources, raising the professional standards of the various services, measuring them and creating the necessary partnerships.

Children playing on mattresses

Early Childhood Manager Course for Municipalities

Appointing an early childhood specialist manager at the top of the system in each city contributes to the proper allocation of resources, raising the professional standards of the various services, measuring them and creating the necessary partnerships.

It may seem simple to say “let´s all work together for the sake of the children under professional gaudiness” but in fact it is not less than a revolution and involves change in perceptions and political municipal Structures, but when it succeeds it is the success of all the partners and mainly of the children and their parents.

Children playing with sand

Forum for Early Childhood Managers

Additionally to its support of the different activities The Foundation initiatedthe establishment of a Forum ofrepresentatives of all the organizations that are working with youth at risk. The Foundation organized a yearly meeting of the Forum.

Those meeting are very successful and helpful for the professional staff from the different organization to exchange methods and thought from their experience and learn how other organizations deal with certain issues and problem they all share.

Initial Achievments

 The Foundation Model for early childhood services is now being implemented in 9 municipalities around Israel.

  • The Model was acknowledged and recommended by the Ministry of Education. The Model was presented to the Ministry of education (to the Minister and to the General Manager) and received their blessing. The model was also presented to the Education committee of the Municipal Government Center which decided to recommend it to all municipalities in Israel.
    The decision of the meeting of the Education Committee of 18.04.2012 states:
    Education Committee recommends implying the model for municipal early childhood services, as presented by representatives of the Steinmetz Foundation. A letter will be sent by the committee to all mayors explaining the model and recommending its implementation. “
  • In the last 7 years close to 40,000 children, 7,000 parents and 3,500professional staff enjoyed and benefited from the services supported by the Foundation.
  • Municipal directors for early childhood were appointed in 9 municipalities.
  • 20 centers for early childhood are being built and operated by professional staff creating a “network of early childhood centers”.