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Shine On! Childcare Program

Hina dolls made by kids at Shine On! House

Hina dolls made by kids at Shine On! House

From April, 2008 to March, 2009, the Tyler Foundation employed a qualified child care specialist. Her role was to look after the siblings of hospitalized children whose families are staying at Donald McDonald House next to NCCHD. A “baby-sitting” service had long been on a wish list of many families with children in hospital. Providing care for kids (aged 0-6) five days a week, her program brought peace of mind to families caring for a sick child while trying to maintain some kind of normalcy with their other children.

Program Summary

Goal : To provide sibling child care for families with children in hospital.
Need : Generally, children under 12 cannot enter hospital wards in Japan even to visit siblings. If parents are attending to their sick child in hospital, it is difficult to simultaneously look after their other children.
Description : The Tyler Foundation employed a full-time child care specialist to look after children at Donald McDonald House next to the National Center for Child Health and Development.
Term : From April, 2008 to March 2009.