The Roatan Daycare Center
Located in Coxen Hole on the Island of Roatan, Honduras
An Established Non-profit 501c3
Mission of the Daycare Center.
Our purpose is to help children of working families learn and thrive, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Our program combines bilingual early education and nurturing childcare, with play, social skills, and a dedication to community. We provide a healthy environment within a safe and comfortable facility. This gives parents the ability to work with peace of mind, knowing their children are receiving the best of care. These parents work full time, as most live near or at the poverty level. (Each family must give proof of employment before their children are accepted.)
How you can help
You can donate money, knowing that this will help keep our center running. You’re paying for teacher’s and staff salaries, food, water, teaching materials, incidentals like birthday parties and some scholarships (for children whose parents are unable to pay).
We rely solely on the contributions of people like you, so money is always our number one need. For a convenient way to donate, please use our “Donate Now” button for a tax-deductible contribution. Checks – make out to ‘Island Friends Corporation.’ Deliver to the center in Coxen Hole. For a tax deductible contribution please send to (Director) Judith Allred, 7110 Poniente Lane, San Antonio, TX 78209. Please make the check payable to “Island Friends Roatan Inc.” (Our non-profit 501c3 tax ID # is 20-8533416.)
Donations of books, puzzles, and art materials are welcomed. Boys and girls clothes for ages 2 to 6 are needed. We always need bottles of paste, construction paper, and 10″ by 20″ paper for budding artists easel painting. We encourage you to contact us about our current needs.
The address for sending donations -The address for sending books, and materials – Please send to the Director’s address above.. In addition, bring them to the Center when on the island. It is located next to the small town square next to the market on the main street. Please contact us first.
Connect directly to a teacher or a director, using our contact page. Let us share with you how your contribution is helping the children.
If you’re coming to Roatan, we would love to have you volunteer at the center. Read a story, teach some art, do a craft project, play in the sandbox with the children, teach them a song. Being with these children is lots of fun and you’ll go away feeling great.
Within the community, there are those who care deeply about children getting their start in life while their parents have to work. They and other contributors donate time, money, equipment, food. The Honduran Government provides the building. Global Healing doctors give complete health exams once a month. Others donate from afar. Donations of time include all administrative work.
We also are fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of the fundraising efforts of the Roatan Rotary Group.
The fine staff of Roatan Daycare Center includes a five teachers (one who comes twice a week to specifically teach English to all the children), and a devoted cook. Our learning concept goes beyond the children in our care and extends to our staff. In the process of their training they are learning how to run a business, giving them confidence, experience and earning power.
Our building is old and small, but recent renovations with donations from our supporters have made the spaces more comfortable with fans and a/c units, running water, and working bathrooms.
We have two bathrooms and a kitchen with a large table and benches for meals. In addition to two meals a day and snack times, a number of activities such as crafts and artwork take place around the kitchen table.
Because of the efforts of many people during the last half dozen years, the Roatan Daycare Center has become the leading resource on the island for young children of Roatan working parents with low income. It is our hope that these centers will spread throughout Roatan. Early childhood education has proven to be the greatest motivator for the love of learning and healthy choices throughout life.
In the mornings, up to 30 children learn letters, words, and numbers, in English and Spanish. We teach about their island and their community. Books are readily available to them. Children are encouraged to paint and make things, and singing and dancing are part of the regular routine.
Play is a must, on bicycles, with blocks, toy trains, with dolls, dress-up, and imaginary play. We have built two small sandboxes and have a water table for other outdoor activities.
Afternoons become quieter times in order to unwind from the morning’s activities before returning to their homes. This is time for educational movies, story time, naps, and snacks.
History of the Center
Daycare pioneers Vivien Tugliani and Softly International started this Center. They believed, along with the present directors, in the vision of the creation and outfitting of a multi-use, intergenerational facility (including seniors); financing for educational and nursing/health care staff, and an outreach component that helps establish other centers elsewhere. This vision would include a playground, allowing these growing children to get outside in our natural environment, to run and play.
Judith Allred – Judy, Director – a credentialed teacher.
Linda Hin – Associate Director – lives on Roatan
Genevieve Ross – Associate Director – lives in Canada
Kim Dueffert – Kim is a credentialed counselor, and is the stateside director from Minnesota.
The Roatan Daycare Center operates under Island Friends Corporation, S.A. www.islandfriendsroatan.com