Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is the Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program in Florida, an intergenerational child care program in which older adults from the Rafael Villaverde Adult Day Health Care Center are trained to obtain certification as child care workers.

(Check our archives for parts 1-44.)

At the Rainbow Intergenerational Child Day Care Program, children are cared for in a culturally appropriate center by a “family member.” The service is offered to working poor families.

By providing them with access to safe, quality day care services, children of low-income families are prepared to compete on an equal basis with other children of better economic means.

They also benefit from intergenerational exposure as they participate in shows or visit the Adult Day Care Center to play and carry out joint activities with Alzheimer’s patients.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

2 comments:

Jason shwartz said...

Being able to find the best kind of day care center for your children seems like something that can be extremely beneficial. Something that really stands out is the fact that there are so many different kind of options that can be hard to narrow down as well. I remember when I was choosing a day care for my boy I wanted them to also teach as well as let them play around. In the end there was one program, but it still fell short of my expectations. Being able to be realistic is something that can be very beneficial though, like my expectations were a little too high for any day care center. Thank you for sharing. http://www.worldofknowledgene.com/about

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