PACT Parents and Children Together

PACT Parents and Children Together

 
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The transition from Ethiopia to Israel has led to numerous challenges, leading to educational, developmental, and social gaps between Ethiopian-Israeli children and their peers. These gaps stem from parents’ unfamiliarity with Israel's health and education systems as well as the overwhelming rate of adult illiteracy. Therefore, many Ethiopian-Israeli children were liable to enter first grade with a minimal chance for success. 

PACT (Parents and Children Together) is an early childhood community-based model that works to minimize gaps and even prevent their formation at an early stage in children's schooling. Ultimately, PACT aims for equal readiness for first grade so that Ethiopian-Israeli children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential and integrate successfully.

PACT reaches out to every Ethiopian-Israeli child (birth to six, and in many cases birth to 12) in each city and provides a wide range of interventions to meet their specific individual needs. These include literacy enrichment, daycare subsidies, afternoon activities, and health promotion. PACT also works to advance, strengthen, and guide parents, understanding that parents are pivotal to their children's development. Finally, PACT works with professionals to bridge cultural gaps, conveying the Ethiopian-Israeli community’s unique codes and customs. In this way, PACT is an agent of change for children, families, and the wider community.

PACT was developed with the support of 15 North American Jewish Federations and piloted in 15 cities in partnership with Israeli Government Ministries, municipalities, local NGOs, individual donors and foundations and the Ethiopian-Israeli community. 

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