The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica’s president, Laura Chinchilla, has signed into law the National Network of Care, a program that promotes the formation of a network of institutional care for children and the elderly.
“This government has supported thousands of women who are the heads of households who have nowhere to leave their children and need to work to make money,” Chinchilla said at one point in the Children’s Museum where the law inauguration took place.
This project is one of the main promises of the Costa Rican president’s administration, which aims to “break the cycle of inherited poverty and violence”.
The project, which provides food services and educational stimulation, has benefited more than 32,000 children, most of which are infants in impoverished families.
Chinchilla’s administration has invested about 20,000 million colones ($40 million) in centers to increase quotas, construction, renovation, expansion and equipping of alternative child care that make up the network.
The project, which has been in operation since 2010, was formalized into law in order to establish a system of child care and enhance the development of universal public access.
To cover the country, the network has state kindergartens, municipal day care centers, welfare organizations and community homes, totaling 852 sites for care.
Costa Rican public institutions such as the Ministry of Education, National Child Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Joint Institute of Social Welfare, and the Ministry of Health are all part of the Network of Care and support it financially.
In addition, the Network will feature resources from the State Fund of Social Development and Family Allowances (FODESAF) and other sources.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose, Costa Rica