In 2014, METIV began a partnership with AJEEC-NISPED, the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment, and Cooperation in the desert city of Beer Sheva to bring our expertise in resilience-building in young children to Bedouin communities in the Negev desert. We worked with early childhood educators to implement our groundbreaking program for parents and children, Parents’ Place: Making Space for Play. In addition, we led a series of training sessions focused on building resilience for early childhood educators, as well as workshops for mental health professionals working with Bedouin families.

Through this partnership we brought our program to children, educators, and parents living in some of the approximately 45 unrecognized Bedouin villages in Israel.

The program was funded by a multi-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia geared toward evaluating the effectiveness of school-based interventions in Bedouin society.

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