“The future of children is always now”, wrote the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral last century. Her words were chosen as the title for Proposals by the President’s Advisory Council on Early Childhood Policy Reform. These words were also the basis for the “Chile Contigo” (“Chile is with You”) Programme, a system devised in September 2009 to protect early childhood by putting the right to education for Chilean children who are at-risk into law.
Much of the state’s investment over recent years has been in preschool infrastructure—one reason why Espacios Educativos para la Primera Infancia (in English, "educational spaces for early childhood") is important. Published by the Ministry of Education of Chile and the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), the publication is a compilation of outstanding architecture based on its contribution to aesthetics, innovative architectural language, environmental sustainability, and dialogue with the community and specific socio-cultural environments.
The selection of establishments was no easy task, given the 3,500 preschools built over recent years in Chile. Budgetary data in the prologue describes how, since 2005, the number of Junta Nacional de Jardines Infantiles (Spanish acronym JUNJI, which stands for “National Preschool Commission”) and Fundación Integra establishments, designed for children most at-risk, grew from 708 to 4,243.
The portrayed architecture is divided into geographic zones, and each section describes construction challenges based on the geography, local cultural, institutional history, and educational mission of each institute. For each educational space described, data is provided on the number of children enrolled and building costs. Espacios Educativos para la Primera Infancia gives the reader a graphic vision of its topic through a series of colour photographs and architectural plans.
ISBN: 978-956-322-048- 3