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EXECUTIVE ORDER NO.685 EXPANDING THE PRESCHOOL COVERAGE TO INCLUDE CHILDREN IN DAY CARE CENTERS. Joint Implementing Guidelines. Presented by Dir. Ma. Elena S. Caraballo DEPED Management Committee Meeting November 21, 2008, Pasig City. Coordination on the formulation of the Guidelines.
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EXECUTIVE ORDER NO.685EXPANDING THE PRESCHOOL COVERAGE TO INCLUDE CHILDREN IN DAY CARE CENTERS Joint Implementing Guidelines Presented by Dir. Ma. Elena S. Caraballo DEPED Management Committee Meeting November 21, 2008, Pasig City
Coordination on the formulation of the Guidelines • EO 685 signed by PGMA on January 10 , 2008 • Put in the Council Board agenda during its January 22, 2008 meeting to clarify implementation concerns • Council Board tasked CWC Secretariat to convene an Ad Hoc Committee for EO 685 composed of DepEd (Assec. TeresitaInciong as Chair), DSWD (Assec. Florita R. Villar), DOH (Dr. Yolanda Oliveros), NNC (Ex. Dir. Bernardita Flores), DILG (Dir. John Castañeda), and the CB ECCD experts (Ms. EmeritaGaron, Dr. Amado Parawan)
Development and approval of the joint guidelines • February 22, 2008 – Initial meeting of Ad Hoc. Com.; brainstormed on implications and clarified specific provisions of the EO and agreed to draft implementing guidelines • March 26, 2008 – smaller group (DepEd, DSWD, CWC) was convened and worked on the initial draft of the guidelines • April 15, 2008 – draft guidelines presented to the Ad Hoc Com for review • 1st week of May, 2008- draft guidelines cleared with inputs (to be issued as joint DepEd-DSWD guidelines) from DepEd’s legal division • May 21, 2008- The guidelines entitled “The Joint Implementing Guidelines of Executive Order No. 685 Expanding the Pre-School Coverage to Include Five –Year Old Children Enrolled in Day CareCenters” signed by DepEd Sec. Jesli Lapus and DSWD Sec. Esperanza Cabral
What the signed joint guidelines provides … • Expansion coverage for preschool education of the DepEd shall include preschool children enrolled in Day Care Centers (DCCs) • The expanded preschool program shall be implemented starting SY 2008-2009 initially focusing on the 50% lowest performing schools based on the results of the SY 2006-2007 National Achievement Test • DCCs shall be activated as a facility for preschool education in barangays only where there are no public preschool classes managed by the DepEd • In areas where there are existing DCCs & public preschool classes, the five-year old children shall be accommodated by the public preschool. In case the public preschool cannot accommodate all the 5 years old, day care centers shall be activated.
Contents of the joint guidelines… • In areas where there are no existing facilities (i.e public, private, PTCA funded, LGU initiated, preschool service contracting, NGO/church-based) for 5-year old children, DepEd shall organize preschool classes • Preschool classes for five-year old children in DCCs shall be segregated from sessions for children aged 3-4 years old. Sessions for the younger age group shall be held in the morning shift; while classes for the 5 years old shall be in the afternoon • Sessions for the 5-year old children in DCCs shall be handled by barangay day care workers (DCWs) duly accredited by DSWD and trained by DepEd • DepEd shall provide a continuing professional development program for DCWs to ensure quality pre-school education
Cont…Contents of the joint guidelines • Supervision of the educational programs, curriculum and instruction for the 5-year old children in the DCCs shall be exercised by DepEd through the Regional and Division Education Supervisors in charge of preschool education. LGUs shall continue to exercise the administrative function as provided for under Sec. 7 of RA 8980 of the ECCD Act of 2000 • The existing pre-school curriculum of DepEd for 5-year old children shall be used for the implementation of this EO and shall be enhanced or updated once the early learning development standards (for 0-6) has been adopted by the CWC (also the NECCDCC) • The ECCD Checklist shall continue to be administered to all five-year-old children in day care centers and pre-schools to assess child’s development
Cont… Contents of the joint guidelines • Full-scale implementation of E.O 685 shall be undertaken on an incremental basis starting in SY 2009-2010 until universal pre-school Education coverage is achieved by 2015 • DepEd shall include in its annual general appropriations the necessary funding to sustain the implementation of this EO. • The DSWD, DOH & NNC shall continue to extend support to LGUs and to the DepEd for additional resources and technical support as provided by the Law. • LGUs and other agencies concerned and NGOs shall continue to support the implementation of this EO. • The DepEd as member of the CWC/NECCDCC shall continue to provide the appropriate data to the NECCDCC as required.
Related updates • DepEd completed the training of day care workers in barangays where the 50% lowest performing schools are • More than 1,000 DCWs of the priority barangays were trained • Other local government units (even those not identified as priority area for the initial implementation) rolled out expansion of preschool education in day care centers • CWC included training on the preschool education curriculum (for DCWs and new DepEd preschool teachers) as a core competency training funded under the ECCD Law implementation Dissemination of the EO and Joint Guidelines
Issues and Concerns gathered from the field • Weak info dissemination drive to make the EO and its Joint Guidelines known • Varied interpretations of DepEd at the field level • Some areas reported that this year, 5 year old children in their barangays were neither in DCCs and DepEd preschools • DepEd announced they are getting the five-year old but declined enrolment due to the issuance of the “no collection” policy from the Central Office • Lack of clear parameters on the provision “DepEd supervision of educational programs, curriculum and instruction for the 5-year old children in the DCCs” • EO funds appropriation coverage – inclusive of learning and instructional materials
Cont… Issues and Concerns gathered from the field • Roll-out plan of DepEd for training of day care workers considering roll-out of EO implementation • There is a need to clearly define the provision on - “DepEd to provide a continuing professional development program for DCWs” • Training of day care workers (DCWs) to be accredited by CHED or CSC as training for ladderalization • Position of DepEd on its service contracting scheme (specially the October to March scheme) against full scale implementation of the EO
A child cannot wait… Thank you and mabuhay!