Council seeks update on early childhood care

BAGUIO City Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda is requesting the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) to update the legislative body on how the Early Childhood Care And Development (ECCD) is being carried out in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

During a regular council meeting, Tabanda said the emotional, social and physical development of a child takes greater place during the early stages of life. It has a direct effect on their overall development into an adult.

“The Department of Education, despite the Covid pandemic, has already announced that classes shall open on August 24 using various modalities. However, no announcement has been made by the Department of Social Welfare and Development nor the City Social Welfare and Development Office on how the ECCD shall be conducted. It is equally important for the parents of the children aged 3.5 to 4 years old to know the plans and modalities to be used so that they may be able to prepare,” Tabanda said.

The legislator cited Republic Act 10410 or the Early Years Act (EYA) of 2013, which recognizes the first crucial stage of educational development and strengthens the ECCD system.

CSWDO is tasked with the implementation of the ECCD, a program of “full range of health, nutrition, early education and social services development that provides for the basic holistic needs of young children from age zero to four years, to promote their optimum growth and development.”

The Child Development Center (formerly the Day Care Center) established in the barangay/district implements these programs and conducts classes for children 3.5 to 4 years old, simultaneous with the school calendar of the elementary and high school level.

CSWDO has been invited in the next session to give an update to the City Council after the resolution was adopted and approved by the entire council.

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