Silvia Maria Carvalho
Fellow Since 1986
This profile was prepared when Silvia Maria Carvalho was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1986.
The New Idea
Lenira Haddad and Silvia Carvalho are in the midst of launching a national effort to introduce innovative, modern, professional day care in Brazil. Drawing upon their considerable experience in the field, they have developed practical new approaches that work. In the process, they are redefining day care, upgrading it from "babysitting" to a comprehensive educational, nutritional and health care service. They hope to transform day care centers from a "dumping place" for poor children to respectable institutions staffed not by "mother substitutes," but by professionals working with and respecting both the families as well as the children.