Encouraging progress

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From “Babysitters” to Day Cares, Israel

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Vision

Mesila’s main goal is to improve the quality of life of children of asylum seekers. We operate with the understanding that these children are living in a complex environment, therefore our assistance and treatment aim to orbit all the areas of their lives. Mesila is the largest center assisting approximately 14,000 asylum seekers directly and reaches approximately 22,000 in indirect ways, such as informational videos, social networks, far-reaching community activities, etc.

Activity

Mesila takes a “360 degree approach” to address all necessary aspects of working with caregivers, parents, government and municipality, and children. Ultimately, all of the Unit’s work is to improve children’s’ quality of life now and in the future.
Work with the caregivers
Courses, training, and workshops on various subjects for the childcare workers: safety, first aid, activities for children, etc.
Individual weekly pedagogical training within the “babysitters”

Work with children:
Mesila places volunteers from various educational backgrounds (education, para-medical, psychotherapy, etc.) to aid the children.
Pedagogical trainers work with the children in the “babysitters” to demonstrate optimal caregiving practices.
Work with parents:
Provide information, workshops and lectures to educate parents on the importance of their involvement in their child’s development.
Parental leadership groups to provide parental tools and guidance.
Promote registration for municipal kindergartens so that children from age 3.
Policy:
Mesila advances the transition from “babysitters” to government day cares.
Promotes registration for municipal kindergartens so that children from age 3 smoothly transition from “babysitters” to proper municipal educational settings.
Through this Unit, the presence and involvement of Mesila enables us to identify and treat, at an early stage, at-risk children and children with special needs.

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