From when it first opened its doors in 1971, this Day Care Centre has been a vital resource in an old neighbourhood that has traditionally been riddled with crime and drug use. The Centre has three classes totalling 80 children, a quarter of whom are welfare referred.
Devoted staff care for the children and are assisted by an occupational therapist who volunteers her services fortnightly. There are therapists from the municipality assisted by WIZO volunteers who work with parents to assist them in caring for their children as many suffer from emotional problems. These therapists, together with social workers, often visit their homes to ensure they are able to supply the needs for their children.
The Maon Ve’od programme provides extra activities for the children in addition to the current activities that include story time, music hour, arts and crafts, and gymnastics. Parents pay an additional fee of 80 NIS per month so that the children will participate in music and movement enrichment classes, attend 5 theatre performances and receive birthday, Channukah and Purim gifts.