Specialised Services for Children and Parents
WIZO provides specialized services for the early age group. It provides care and treatment within educational frameworks, focusing on the individual child between the ages of 4-9 years.
Multi Purpose Day Care Centers
WIZO operates 16 multi purpose day care centers, for children up to the age of 7 from problematic families. The goal is to protect children at risk and to help their parents to provide better care for their children, in order to avoid their being placed with alternative families, or for adoption.
Therapeutic Centers– A Warm Home for Children
This educational-therapeutic framework, operated in partnership with welfare services, provides a substitute home during the late afternoon and early evening hours, for children from families in distress. The current approach is to avoid placing such children in an institutional framework, preferring to keep the child within the home framework whilst providing daily assistance and support within a community framework. The program consists of direct intervention in treating emotional-behavioural problems, assistance in preparation of homework, provision of a hot meal and various social activities - performances, trips and more. The children are selected to attend the therapeutic centers by local welfare authorities. The centers operate five days per week, from the time that the day care center or school closes until 5.00 or 6.00pm. A total of 15 children attend each center which is operated by a coordinator, guide and house mother, social workers and WIZO volunteers all of whom contribute to creating a warm and homey atmosphere, giving individual attention and support to each child.
WIZO operates a framework for children aged 2-3 years who are not enrolled in a kindergarten or day care center and therefore need help with development. Up to 15 children attend the ‘Mini-Kindergarten’ that operates four days a week between 8.30am – 12.30pm. The goal of the project is to develop their skills and capabilities in the social, emotional and cognitive spheres, in order to bring the children up to the average level of their peers. The ‘Mini-Kindergarten’ staff is comprised of a kindergarten teacher, assistant and guide.