I am happy to report that administrators at one institution in Guizhou Province have come up with an innovative plan to help ensure a smooth transition when they take over the operation of Half the Sky’s programs in a few years. The plan is especially gratifying for us because it takes full advantage of the expertise of Half the Sky’s staff.
Under the plan, Half the Sky’s nannies will become mentors to the caregivers at the institution and will also help assess the children’s development so they receive care from staffers in the correct department (Rehabilitation, Special Education, etc.).
Half the Sky’s preschool teachers will eventually become part of the institution’s Special Education Department, which is expanding. In that department, caregivers not only need to master Half the Sky’s concepts and approaches, but also the principles and methods of working effectively with children with special needs.
The institution has also made a commitment to expand our Family Village program (8 families) by adding 20 more foster families who will be under the supervision of the Foster Home Department.
The Youth Services program will in a few years become part of the institution’s Social Work Department and mentors will be required to pass the Social Worker Qualification Exam. The mentor role will also expand to include looking for and making best use of resources in the community.
We’re looking forward to learning how other institutions will tailor their transition plans to the needs of the children in their care.