Pasos Pequeñitos (Little Steps) Daycare Center currently cares for 18 children in Honduras’ capital city of Tegucigalpa. The center was created in 2005 by an NPH volunteer impressed by the need for reliable, affordable childcare for the children of ex-pequeñas, young women who had left the Ranch to start their independent lives in the city. Originally funded and managed independently, in October 2007, the center was welcomed officially into the care of NPH.
Pasos Pequeñitos provides care every weekday starting at 6:30am and closing at 6:30pm, a schedule designed to accommodate the mothers’ typical work schedules. The children, who range in age from 1 ½ to 8 years old, are provided with two nutritious meals and a healthy snack each day. Activities for the children range from educational and moral instruction to creative and recreational ventures.
For the 13 single mothers the center partners with, there are workshops, discussion groups and speakers addressing topics related to both job skills and child development/parenting. Aside from these educational resources, the center works to secure donations of material items such as clothing, food, toiletries and cosmetics, and negotiates partnerships with local medical professionals to provide free or discounted medical and dental care for the children and their mothers.