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Council for the Welfare of Children

The Council for the Welfare of Children is the focal inter-agency body of the Philippine Government for children. It is mandated to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws; formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children. Providing dynamic leadership in ensuring a child-friendly and child-sensitive society where every child fully enjoys his/her rights.

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One of the activities in the work plan of the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) is the development of an ASEAN Early Childhood Care and Development and Education (ECCDE) quality standards. These standards will provide the minimum requirements in the ASEAN region that should be met by both the facilities and service providers to ensure that quality ECCDE services are being given to young children. Malaysia, as an ASEAN Member State (AMS), takes the lead in the development of these quality standards. Last December 2015, a workshop was conducted in Malaysia to come-up with the list of standards for pre-school and child care services. Each AMS is committed to subject these lists to a consultation in their respective countries for validation and/or enhancement.

In response to this commitment, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), in partnership with the Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWD), conducted a validation workshop on January 22, 2016 at the Department of Education (DepEd) NCR Office. This was also attended by representatives from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, federation of day care workers, teachers, school administrators, Early Childhood Education (ECE) professors, and nurse psychologists. Ms. Cynthia V. Ilano (DSWD), Dr. Yolanda Quijano (ECCDC) and Ms. Marilyn Manuel from the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) served as the resource persons and facilitators during the workshop.

The whole day activity focused on the review of the two sets of quality standards. The major recommendations that were forwarded by the participants were: 1) to identify a specific age group to define the scope of Child Care Services and Pre-school Services; and 2) to develop a manual of operations/specific guidelines and implementing rules after the development of the quality standards.

These inputs will be submitted back to Malaysia for consideration in the finalization of the ASEAN ECCDE Quality Standards.

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