The Guatemala Community Day Care Program

an example of effective urban programming

Marie T. Ruel, Agnes R. Quisumbing, Kelly Hallman, Benedicte de la Briere, Nora Coj de Salazar
research report

The Hogares Comunitarios Program was launched as a pilot project in Guatemala City in 1991 in response to the need for alternative childcare in a rapidly urbanizing environment. By providing working parents with lowcost, quality childcare within their communities, the program seeks to improve young children’s diets, nutrition, and development, while enabling poor parents to engage in income-generating activities. Similar programs have been used throughout Latin America, but few have been carefully assessed. This report evaluates the program’s implementation, its service delivery and quality, and its impact on beneficiary children and their families.