Planting Seeds is a not for profit organization that seeks to eradicate the barriers that contribute to poverty by working with communities to provide high-quality comprehensive education for children and families throughout Guatemala.
Our mission is to provide access to high quality education to children and families throughout Guatemala
Planting Seeds programs center on a philosophy of love, nurturing and caring. As opposed to the much-accepted view that education’s main purpose is to provide skills for future careers, Planting Seeds strives to prepare children for LIFE.
Planting Seeds provides high quality education programs and teacher training to communities, municipalities and NGO's.
- Early Childhood Development - The communities in which we started requested preschools in their community. From that point, our founders developed the Planting Seeds Teaching Methodology and we opened several preschools. We also worked with other NGO's that requested our methodology be implemented in their preschool.
- We have expanded our work to provide more comprehensive support in the areas where are preschools are located. In Zone 3 of Guatemala City, we conducted 60+ community interviews as well as 6+ community meetings to learn about what is offered and what is needed in the community. Based on these interviews we began family strengthening and community development programs, lead and facilitated by community members. We are also working towards a Community Center in Zone 3 of Guatemala City that should open up to the community in 2022.
- Our preschools use multiple metrics to measure impact.
- Grade one pass rate - We track our graduates grades and compare it to the national average. 97% of our students in our model preschool in San Lucas pass first grade in their respective schools.
- Comparative analysis - Affiliate preschool in San Pedro Yepocapa conducts first grade readiness evaluations with their school and local public and private schools.
- We launched a long term study in Sacala las Lomas in Chimaltenango before Covid hit, but will have to resume this study next year.
Our preschools have worked with over 1,500 students since 2003. We work with between 250-300 students each year.
- Community and Family Programs
- Pre and Post program evaluations
- Community meeting and community program attendance
Our programs reach 150 community members a year.
Size and/or structure
Our organization has begun to grow since 2017. We do not necessarily have a different structure but we are growing in terms of size.
Our organization originally focused on Early Childhood Education and now has expanded to support families of our students and be more responsive to community needs in the areas we work.
- Build and staff the Community Center in Zone 3, which will house our community programs and provide unstructured programming to community members.
- Expand our teaching methodology to more schools who are interested in implementing it.
We are constantly evaluating our methodology and making improvements. We are also making improvements to how we evaluate teachers.
- Provide more concrete measurements for impact of our Community Center; b) Prepare for our long term preschool study in Sacala.