Creating a regional community of professional caregivers while unlocking the potential of Hong Kong’s vulnerable children
We know that when communities come together and commit to creating a loving network of care for their young, those children will thrive, their communities will benefit, and our world gets a little bit better.
We know this because, for over two decades, we have been training caregivers to provide loving, nurturing care to marginalised children so they can have an equal start in life. And we have seen the results. Our teachable approach transforms young lives.
Starting in China’s welfare institutions twenty years ago, we extended our trainings beyond teachers and nannies to reach at-risk communities and families in rural villages and factory zones. As the demand for our services grew, we developed online learning tools and expanded our capacity by teaching caregivers to train others through our Training of Trainers (TOT) program.
We hoped that one day we could share all we’d learned so widely that we could put ourselves out of business. But every year we receive new requests for help. Rather than closing our doors, we need to open them wider.
And so, we have established the P. C. Lee OneSky Global Centre for Early Childhood Development in Hong Kong, a new regional training hub for global best practices in early childhood care and education.
Our goal is to train a community of Hong Kong and regional caregiver professionals and paraprofessionals using cutting-edge theory on early brain development and teaching methods while sharing best practices with NGO partners, academics and social services.
In Hong Kong, despite the city’s prosperity, one in five children lives in poverty*. If these vulnerable children enter mainstream schools without benefitting from quality ECCE, the chance of them realizing their full potential is limited.
Following a comprehensive needs assessment, the OneSky Global Centre for Early Childhood Development was conceived in partnership with the. P. C. Lee family who, in honoring their late father’s compassion, kindness and love of learning, are helping to build a more equitable future for marginalized children in Hong Kong.
As well as a regional training hub, the Centre is a community gathering place where qualified children, ages 0-6, and their caregivers can play and learn together. An indoor educational playground, facilitated play sessions, parenting-skills workshops, a family resource centre, and consultation and referral services are all available for free to qualified families.
We thank the foundations, corporations and individuals who have helped us to open the doors of our new regional centre – your support will enable us to scale our work across Hong Kong and Asia, to ensure even more vulnerable children have an equal start in life.
We invite you to visit the Centre website to learn more hkcentre.onesky.org
*Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report 2018 – pre-intervention rate by age. Page 33.