The Planting Seeds Program is a child-centered, activity based, early childhood educational model which centers on a philosophy of love, nurturing and caring to provide an education for the whole child: physical, emotional, social, intellectual, creative & spiritual.
Through our model preschool in San Lucas, Sacatepequez, we offer our methodology to communities, municipalities and non profit organizations to improve the educational landscape in Guatemala.
Planting Seeds programs center on a philosophy of love, nurturing and caring. As opposed to the much-accepted view that education’s main purpose is to provide skills for future careers, Planting Seeds strives to prepare children for LIFE.
Our methodology has been certified three separate times by the ministry of education as high quality education in Guatemala. The methodology recognizes that each child is unique, striving to meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of each child.
Teachers receive intensive training, monthly coaching sessions, and bi-monthly professional development to better meet student needs. Our teachers implement the PS methodology in their classroom and provide individualized, practice based training sessions for the parents of our students, so parents can gain the tools and resources necessary to become the primary educators of their children.
While we know that early childhood education is the foundation to break the cycle of poverty, we know that when working with such marginalized populations, we need to provide more comprehensive support to meet such intense needs in the communities we work. And that community members need to be the drivers of that work.
Because of this, our community development program is different in each area we work. In all regions we focus on partnerships with the community and cross sector collaborations to enhance our impact. Our model for Community Development is centered in Zone 3 of Guatemala City where we are leading the following workRead our stories!
Planting Seeds will open a community center in Zone 3 with the central purpose of providing community members with a safe space to call their own that will remain open for extended hours. The Community Center will have structured and unstructured programming with multi-use, multi-purpose spaces.Learn more
One organization can only do so much. Planting Seeds leads a network of organizations in Zones 3 and 7 of Guatemala City and facilitates monthly meetings to work with other organizations to collectively meet the needs of the communities we work in. We aim to push the definition of success further, to the growth of the community as a whole, rather than simply to the individual participants of our programs.Take a stand and support and work
Through our community facilitator approach, Planting Seeds provides necessary employment opportunities as well as professional development to community members. This allows for the knowledge and experience gained to stay in the community. In addition to these benefits of a community based approach, the participants of our programs can envision themselves as future leaders, because the people facilitating the programs look like them and are from the same community as them.Take a stand and support and work
For this reason, Planting Seeds programs are decided upon with community members through Community Meetings and Interviews. In addition, all programs are facilitated by community members, and we have a community collaborative that helps us lead community meetings, fundraise for the center and make important decisions about the future of the center.
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