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A Preliminary Study on experiences in providing services for the parent child
Friendly Childcare Center
public-owned & privately-run
The Bureau of Social Affairs under the Taipei City Government launched the “Help You Have A Good Pregnancy” policy in 2011, where cash payments and welfare services are offered to increase fertility rates among residents in Taipei City. The Friendly Childcare Center is one of the welfare services. In this study, we investigate into the efforts made by the public-owned& privately-run kindergarten and the women's center as well as the roles of their parent institutions during the process of promoting and implementing the Friendly Childcare Center. The purpose of this study includes: 1. Exploring the cognition and perception of the project planners (Bureau of Social Affairs and Child Care Resource Center under the Taipei City Government) and the project implementers (publicly-owned and privately-run kindergartens and women's center) towards the Friendly Childcare Center; 2. Exploring the experiences of the publicly-owned and privately-run kindergartens in the Friendly Childcare Center as well as the interactions between their parent institutions and the Friendly Childcare Center In this study, we study how the Division of Women and Children in the Bureau of Social Affairs under the Taipei City Government, the child care resource center, the publicly-owned and privately-run kindergartens and the women's center make efforts to promote the Friendly Childcare Center with the qualitative research methods. And we conduct in-depth interviews to collect data. A total of 13 interviewees engaging in project planning and project implementations are interviewed. The following conclusions are made through data compilation and analysis: (1) The Friendly Childcare Center is based on a service project incorporating practical experiences and responding to community demands. After the project was formally launched in 2011. After the project rapidly expanded to include 186 service branches, the Friendly Childcare Center will be opened on holidays and develop and transform into a parent-child center; (2) The publicly-owned and privately-run kindergartens and the women's center will promote strategies such as making good use of the advantages of the institutions, combing public resources around schools and personal visits. (3) The goal of the Friendly Childcare Center primarily focuses on preliminary prevention and child welfare. The activities are designed to stimulate child development, provide opportunities for interactions between parents and children, and enhance parental competence. (4) Parent institutions generally allocate the internal and external resources for the project implementation. (5) In addition to the increased amount of services, assisting children make friends, expand informal support systems for early childhood caregivers and strengthening fatherhood are also effects from the implementation of the project. (6) The common problems faced with the implementing agencies include issues of the labor force and the coordination between the administration and the regulatory authorities. (7) The curriculum design, the grant applications, the labor force offering and the combination of social workers and nursing staff can be the main focuses in the future. Based on the above-stated research findings, the researchers propose recommendations for the Bureau of Social Affairs, the child care resource center and the project implementers. The recommendations for the Bureau of Social Affairs include: (1) Constructing mechanisms for the nursing staff and the social workers to engage in dialogues, (2) Inter-bureau cooperation should be established for communication and coordination mechanisms. Recommendations for the child care resource center include: (1) promoting "one-stop-shop" branches that provide pre-school child care services, (2) assist the implementing agencies to stimulate pre-school child care service architectures. Recommendations for policy makers include: (1) increasing parenting courses for practical operations, (2) increasing the hourly pay for the part-time staff, (3) strengthening the advocacy of policies and service contents.
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