aeioTU

aeioTU is social enterprise operating centers that offer education, nutrition, and care for children from birth to age 5. aeioTU operates a cross-subsidization model between high-income centers and centers that serve more vulnerable populations.
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Year launched: 
2008
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
aeioTU - Fundación Carulla
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Location Data

State/Province: 
Antioquia, Chocó, Magdalena, Atlántico, Cundinamarca, Bolívar, Bogotá, Valle de Cauca
City: 
Medellín, Quibdó, Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Sopó, Bogotá, El Salado, Cartagena, San Jacinto, Galapa, Manatí, Soacha, Valle de Cauca
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Program Description: 

1.5 million vulnerable children under 5 in Colombia do not participate in early childhood programs. aeioTU operates high quality, integrated ECD centers, specifically targeting low-income families.

The aeioTU holistic model, based on the Reggio Emilia approach, supports children’s socio-emotional, cognitive, linguistic, and physical development. The aeioTU curriculum encourages play, creativity, communication, critical thinking and exploration, and emphasizes positive and reciprocal relationships between children and adults. Centers offer vaccination opportunities and support for gestating mothers, cover 70% of children’s daily nutritional needs, and promote healthy habits and breastfeeding. aeioTU pays special attention to the physical environment of its centers, including furniture, decoration and set-up, and toys. aeioTU incorporates a cross-subsidization component, using profits from two centers for high-income families to subsidize costs for children from low-income families that attend 26 other centers. aeioTU provides both training and ongoing support and coaching to teachers.

In addition to operating 28 centers, aeioTU runs a home visiting program to reach families in more remote areas, and provides technical assistance to more than 300 public ECD centers, reaching some 53,000 children. In 2011, aeioTU was identified as a “Best Practice” by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) hosted by the Qatar Foundation.