Children of foreign workers and asylum seekers face numerous
sociocultural, economic, and linguistic barriers that prevent their successful
integration into Israeli society. During the developmentally critical years
between infancy and the age of three, many attend non-registered kindergartens
where the ratio of children to caregivers is often as high as 30:1. Without
adequate stimulation and an educational framework, the cognitive, social, and
motor development of these children is often impeded, and many suffer from
delayed language acquisition. Without intervention, these children are at
high-risk of falling behind their Israeli peers in school and developing
behavioral, emotional, and/or psychological difficulties.
To address the unique needs of these children, the Jaffa
Institute operates four after-school educational enrichment centers in South
Tel Aviv that provide specialized academic, behavioral, and emotional support
to 60 children, ages 3-6, from families of foreign workers and asylum seekers.
Proper educational and linguistic support is crucial during this critical
window and without intervention, the educational gaps between these children
and their Israeli peers may become insurmountable. To ensure a low staff to
child ratio, there are three staff members and 15 children at each center.
Providing the children with a safe and nurturing alternative to unsupervised
hours on the streets, the centers are open every weekday during the school year
between 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm and operate a camp program during all school
Among other donors, the Jaffa Institute would like to give special thanks to Kinderhilfe Bethlehem (through Caritas Germany) for their support of the Early Childhood Intervention Program for the Children of Foreign Workers in Israel.