As they reach preschool age, young children without families do best when they have nurturing relationships with their teachers. Through an attentive teacher’s words, contact, touch, and guidance, children learn that they are valued, loved, and respected as members of a small community.
In order to best prepare institutionalized children to succeed in Chinese schools and society, Half the Sky-inspired preschools aim to develop the “whole child” - using young children's natural curiosity and zest for learning to foster physical, intellectual, aesthetic, and moral growth, while teaching them how to live in harmony with each other.
Ideally, preschoolers go home to families at the end of each day. While this is not always possible for institutionalized children, every effort is made to create a family-like environment in whatever place a child calls ‘home.’
More about our Half the Sky Preschool Program