Enrolled day care pupils in Baguio drop by 75 percent

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The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) disclosed the number of enrolled day care pupils in the city’s barangays for the schoolyear 2020-2021 dropped by a whopping 75 percent primarily because of the effect of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to the vulnerable sectors, especially the children.

Appearing during last Monday’s regular session of the city council, the CSWD Officer Betty Fangasan claimed  from the more than 5,000 enrollees in the different day care centers in the city annually, the same dropped to only 1,250 enrolled day care pupils for the upcoming schoolyear.

She claimed there will be no face-to-face learning in the different day care centers because of the situation triggered by the COVID-19 global pandemic and appropriate learning modules had already been prepared by the child development workers in preparation for the opening of classes on September 14, 2020.

Earlier, the city council passed Resolution No. 369, series of 2020, requesting the CSWDO to inform the body and the public of their plans for the conduct of the early childhood care and development in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city.

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Fangasan stated that the assigned child development workers in the barangay day care centers are now closely coordinating with the parents of the enrolled pupils for the scheduling of the required mentoring of parents to teach the latter how to handle the modules for their children and gauge their advancement based on the prescribed checklist from the Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC).

According to her, most of the pupils not enrolled for the upcoming schoolyear are those whose parents are working thus efforts are also being done by the concerned offices to reach out to them because the parents will be the mentors in the new mode of learning.

Fangasan added the assigned child development workers will only make the required weekly visitations to the residences of the pupils to evaluate and assess their advancement on the lessons given to the parents.

She emphasized the child development workers will be wearing the required personal protective equipment when doing the house visitations pursuant to the established health and safety protocols to ensure there will be no unnecessary contaminations in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities of looking after the early development of the children.

The CSWD Officer asserted that the child development workers are also busy scheduling the entering of the partners whose children have already been enrolled in the different day care centers for them to be oriented on their tasks in helping advance the early development of their children in the light of the continuous threat of the global pandemic.

Fangasan admitted the assigned tasks to the child development workers at this time is enormous aside from their exposure to the elements that is why extra care should be observed this schoolyear.

By Dexter A. See

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