UP BS Interior Design Class of 2020 joined by the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) and the UP CWS Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI) officers led by Atty Gabbie Concepcion for the ribbon cutting of the Kalinga Day Care Center held at UP Diliman , QC last January 10.
The Kalinga Day Care Center is a special project of the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) and the UP CWS Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI). It was designed by UP BS Interior Design Class of 2020. They get their inspiration and design from treehouses. It took them 6 months to conceptualize and finally execute the inspired design to Kalinga Day Care Center. interiors.
Its a non-formal , non structured alternative learning environment meant to provide a safe comfortable environment for children ages 1.6 to 5.5 years old. This is open to children of UP employees and students, with a few slots offered to non-UP constituents.
The Kalinga Day Care Center (KDCC) started as a special project of the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS). formerly called UP Center for Women’s Studies (UP CWS), and the UP CWS Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI). It was conceived in response to the result of a UPCWS commissioned I995 feasibility study on support system for working mothers in UP Diliman through the establishment of a daycare facility in campus.
Among others, the result showed that there is the need for employees for such childcare services with learning activities open on weekdays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and that the services would include “parents’ education that promote gender fair childrearing and humanist/nationalist value inculcation.”
The KDCC as a non-formal, non-structured learning environment focuses on the positive self-image and love of learning. it has a “play-centered and homelike environment” that engages children in “gender-fair and appropriate learning activities” to ensure “holistic development and self-directed learning.” It also networks with various colleges and student organizations for special activities and programs. Furthermore, parents, guardians and caregivers or yayas are regularly provided with gender responsive seminars on childhood care and development, laws, and other women’s/gender related issues.