In Compassion Bolivia there are nearly 15,000 registered children ages 5 and under! That’s 15,000 little minds and bodies in a critical stage of development that has the potential to affect the rest of their lives.
“Early childhood stimulation is important for a child’s proper growth and development,” says Elizabeth Gabriel, who works with toddlers in Compassion’s program as a Survival Specialist. “It benefits their gross and fine motor skills, cognition, socio-affective, physical, spiritual and language development. The stimulus and experiences they receive will allow them to grow and mature, and it will be a base for future learnings.”
That’s why staff at dozens of Compassion centers decided to collaborate to make early childhood development into something everyone, even parents, would want to participate in.
But how do you make building with blocks and coloring exciting? You turn it into a contest — where everyone’s a winner!