DSWD accredits 50 Muntinlupa day-care teachers

THE local government unit (LGU) of Muntinlupa welcomes the Level 1 accreditation to the city’s 50 day-care center (DCC) workers by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Muntinlupa Early Childhood Education Division (ECED) Chief Jenny Deuda recently presented them to Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi.

She said all of the city’s child development hubs are currently equipped with Level 1 accredited ECED staff.

The teachers underwent assessment and evaluation conducted by internal and external evaluators in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.

These included areas of advancement of children’s growth and development; partnership with families, communities and local government; human-resource development; program management; and physical environment and safety.

Deuda attributed this achievement to the local initiative on children’s development as DCC teachers guarantee holistic growth of students’ gross motor skills, fine motor, self-help skills, expressive language, receptive language, cognitive development, and social and emotional development. She also cited the city government’s assistance to teachers and workers as Muntinlupa boasts of having the most number of ECED staff in plantilla (regular) positions and with higher pay among other LGUs in Metro Manila.

The ECED chief noted the accreditation serves as a proof of quality education offered to the youth sector in local child development centers.

Muntinlupa has set a standard among LGUs nationwide as it gains a following from local cities and municipalities, including international organizations, which show interest in duplicating its best practice in early childhood development. LGUs and foreign groups which recently visited Muntinlupa included Gubat-Prieto Diaz and Barcelona-Sorsogon, Milaor-Camarines Sur, Oas-Albay, Libona-Bukidnon, Sorsogon City and delegates from Colombia.

The Early Childhood Care and Development Council hailed Muntinlupa City as an “Early Childhood Care Development” champion.

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