The Guatemala Community Day Care Program

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 abstract
2006

Women who live in marginalized urban areas are underincreased pressure to work outside the home inincome-generating activities.The scarcity of child care alterna-tives can be a severe constraint to their household’s liveli-hood, food, and nutrition security. In 1991 the Government ofGuatemala created the Community Day Care CentersProgram (Hogares Comunitarios Program, or HCP) as ameans of providing a nontraditional child care alternative. Inthis program a group of parents select a woman from theneighborhood and designate her as the care provider. Shethen provides care, hygiene, and food to up to 10 children inher own home in return for a small stipend provided jointlyby the parents and the program administration.The programalso provides cash to care providers to purchase food forbeneficiary children, which is complemented by food dona-tions from the World Food Program.