Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Emerging to support working class women, Brazil's daycare centers were modeled off health institutions and orphanages. As such, daycare centers focus on feeding and tending to children, rather than building an educational environment. Indeed, the majority of daycare children spend half their day waiting, neglected by overworked and unprepared staff. Such custodial centers fail to promote necessary early childhood development, letting children begin their lives behind their peers from other classes.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Transforming the traditional custodial center into an education environment, Creche Carochinha stimulates children's learning through play and imitation. With diverse and engaging spatial arrangements and objects, the program builds a learning environment that puts children in control. Moreover, Creche Carochinha organizes children into small groups, so that their learning is also interactive, as they engage with group mates of different ages. By creating such a stimulating environment, the program also allows caretakers to more easily multitask, supervising children while continuing daily duties. To ensure proper implementation, Creche Carochinha also utilizes how-to manuals to shift caretaker attitudes, building awareness around childhood development.