Naga Early Education and Development (NEED) Program
Evolving from the traditional day care services of DSWD and complemented by the Montessori system in pre-school education, this comprehensive and innovative program addresses the need for improved access and equity in quality education for the city residents. This program was conceptualized by the city government in cooperation with parents associations, barangay councils and NGOs. Since its inception in 1992, the program has successfully revolutionized the concept of day care service in Naga City. It has forged a high level of synergy between program managers and participants, established a total of 54 day care centers, improved performance of its elementary school graduates and rendered comprehensive services to its beneficiaries. More importantly, the program has facilitated the integration of disabled children in the mainstream of society.
The program has five components: 1) a survey for early detection of developmental and congenital abnormalities, the output of which serves as basis in planning activities for the physically handicapped preschoolers; 2) the special education program for youngsters with physical disability; 3) the learning center for the mental and physical therapy or handicapped preschoolers; 4) the Montessori system built around a network of 54 barangay day care centers which train preschoolers the Montessori way; and 5) school for early education and development to showcase the best and the brightest preschooler in the city.
This program is recognized as a Trailblazing Program, a finalist for the 1996 Galing Pook Awards.