Early childhood education is undervalued in rural Guatemala. Many children are sent directly to 1st grade, where they are unprepared and often fail. This is just the beginning of a long, difficult struggle through primary school.

Each morning from 8-11:30, we receive local marginalized children ages 3-4 for preschool. Many families here think preschool is a “waste of time and money” and that “the kids are just playing and coloring and can do that at home.” That is simply not true. Preschool offers structure, group play, self-control, fine and gross motor skills, teaches numbers and letters, personal hygiene and health and so much more. Now that we have offered preschool for a few years, local families are seeing the benefits and we always have a waiting list for the next school year!

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