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Strengthening Early Education for Children in Northwest Mountains

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Two caregivers play with a child in the children's center. []


This year, Ningshan County, an impoverished area located in the south of Qinling Mountains, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, began to strengthen early education for children so as to create a brighter future for them.

In January, a pilot charitable project named Nurturing the Future, co-organized by a research institute in Shaanxi Normal University and a charity foundation in east China's Zhejiang Province, was carried out in Ningshan.

Through a comprehensive investigation made by the expert group, the local government planned to set up nurturing centers in villages or communities with a large number of children and a relatively concentrated population.

Regular home visits would be conducted in villages or communities where children were located dispersedly. 

Moreover, a combination of nurturing centers and home visits would be adopted in certain areas to guide parents to raise their children in accordance with established research.

In June, an activity center for children was officially opened to public in Xujiacheng Village, Ningshan. 

Children from 6 months to 36 months in the local area have free access to one-on-one parent-child interactive courses, read illustration books, play toys and play games.

Four caregivers also often made home visits for children in remote areas.

Li Mingjun, director of the Children's Early Development Management Center in Ningshan, said, "The parent-child curriculum is designed by the expert group and arranged according to children's ages. 

"Two sets of programs are provided at each age, focusing on the cognition, language and social emotions of children. The caregivers are selected through a written examination, interview, professional training and internship assessment.”

Zhang Yimin, secretary of the Ningshan County Party Committee said, "Till the end of October, the county has established 10 children's centers, employed 31 caregivers and had 598 children registered. 

"The next batch of 10 children's centers will be completed and put into use in April 2019, with 41 planned recruiters. By then, over 1,500 children will benefit.”


A caregiver plays with a child in the children's center. []

A child plays ball in the children's center of Xujiacheng Village. []


(Source: and edited by Women of China)

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