Dozens of tiny hands crowd around a workspace table as a lesson in making paper flowers gets underway. With careful instruction around using scissors, two women guide several children in making the first cuts and folds. For many of these children and their families, the Daycare Center is their sole source of childcare.
Shatha came to Jordan from Syria two years ago, and has been at CRP for three months. She has two children in daycare, a 5 year old and a 7 year old. Shatha herself is enrolled in both English and computer classes at CRP, and participates in the Women’s Empowerment Group.
“Without the Daycare Center I would not be able to come to CRP, because my children have nowhere else to go,” Shatha said. “My children really enjoy daycare. They talk about it a lot.”
CRP’s Daycare Center provides care for children from 9 months, to 6 years of age. Daycare runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the same hours during which classes for adults are held at the Community Center.
Though the Daycare Center is just three months old, it offers a wide range of services for children. Not only does the Daycare Center provide a space for our beneficiaries’ children to play freely and rest, but it also offers guided instruction and activities. Children are given early learning lessons where they are taught both the English and Arabic alphabets, primary colors, basic food groups, and parts of the body..
The center also stocks art supplies, and its staff shows children how to make simple crafts. A small playground just around the corner gives children the opportunity to get some fresh air and let off steam.
Shatha has been working at the Daycare Center since its opening three months ago. She hand-painted the colorful walls, developed programs for the children, and taught herself how to make the paper decorations that now hang from the walls.
Shatha has also experienced challenges that come with caring for children of such varying ages. “There is a small space there where the infants sleep,” Lilyan described. “But sometimes it is hard for them to sleep when the other children are being so loud!”
“We only have one room that can house up to 15-20 children during peak hours,” she said. “We want to make the center’s space bigger so that children have more room to play and can participate in more activities.”
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