CWEF facilitates a program in Cambodia to work with parents of young children to cultivate nurturing home environments. Khmer tradition is that babies grow on their own and that their outcomes in terms of health/intelligence/etc. are the result of fate. However, research shows that nurturing is a key component to early child development.
CWEF utilizes a curriculum developed through 20 years of research at the University of Wisconsin. The goal of the program is to equip parents of young children to nurture them, preparing them for education and a healthy lifestyle. The program has started in three areas of Cambodia: Sihanoukville (southern Cambodia), Battambang (Central-NW Cambodia) and Khakabao (northern Cambodia). It is designed so that the parents are not only equipped to interact with their children, but also learn how to share their knowledge with neighbors.