This project was initiated by: OneSky

OneSky believes in the vast potential hidden in our world’s most vulnerable young children. We develop low-cost, replicable early childhood interventions to benefit young children at risk. We train and mentor communities as they take our models to scale, enabling those children most in need to have a chance for a brighter future. Registered as a global NGO in the US, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam, we bring 20 years of experience achieving sustainable impact by developing transformative early childhood care and education and training programs in resource-limited settings and then help our local partners build their own capacity, eventually handing over programs and ownership to the countries where we work.

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Early Education for Children of Factory Workers


Project Summary

Aims to improve quality of care and educational outcomes for the young children of factory workers in Vietnam’s industrial zones through the training of home-based care providers.

Problem

Vietnam’s 300+ industrial parks attract billions of dollars in direct foreign investment, creating unprecedented new employment opportunities for workers eager to migrate out of poverty. However, the opportunities also result in a severe shortage of quality, affordable day care for the 1.2 million children under the age of 6 whose parents work long hours in the factories that are bringing new prosperity to the country. Access to public childcare and kindergarten are often out of reach for working migrant families because they are already overcrowded and many of the workers lack the residency status required for eligibility. Desperate parents turn to low cost, private day care staffed by untrained workers, which fills an urgent need, but does not provide the attentive, quality care necessary for young children to thrive. Cases of child neglect and abuse at these unregulated childcare centers are heartbreakingly frequent.

Solution

The OneSky Early Learning Center (ELC) in Da Nang is a national model for best practices in early care and education and a hub for home based daycare training programs throughout Vietnam. The ELC currently serves 250 children a year with 55 teachers and 6 trainers managed by a local team. In addition to providing direct service, the center functions as a base for daycare provider training, parenting skills training, and the development of an e-learning platform dedicated to supporting the professional development of child care givers throughout the country. 80 home-based daycare providers in Da Nang had completed the OneSky 20-week training program by early 2019 and another 240 are scheduled to complete the program by 2020. Based on the success of the ELC and Da Nang training program, the Vietnamese government has requested OneSky to scale our training to Vietnam’s burgeoning industrial zones in 19 additional priority provinces by 2023.

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