The Guatemala Community Day Care Program

an example of effective urban programming

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.

Ruel, Marie T.,
Quisumbing, Agnes R.
Hallman, Kelly
de la Briere, Benedicte
Coj de Salazar, Nora
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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