Americas Association for the Care of Children
Empowering people through education, compassion and community building
Reducing the impact of poverty and marginalization in the world’s underserved populations by empowering communities through compassionate and holistic education.Mission Statement
Community | Education | Participation | Empowerment | Transformation
Empowerment of primary caregivers; preventative health and nutritional practices, food security; special needs therapy; sustainable community and economic development; and education scholarships to increase the quality of lives of young children and their families .
Who We Are
AACC was founded as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in 2004 by Deborah Young, EdS PhD. Emphasis is placed on serving impoverished populations with the greatest needs, regardless of religious beliefs, gender, age, or ethnicity. AACC is a grassroots all-volunteer organization that currently engages in projects and partnerships in seven countries: the U.S., Nicaragua, Nepal, Kenya, Haiti, Bhutan, and India. Working in partnership with local community members and other organizations, AACC undertakes projects that are defined and implemented through participation of the community served.
The agency’s focus is a result of Dr. Young’s thirty plus years’ experience providing childhood care, development, and education in impoverished nations. Her familiarity with these areas led to the creation of a new process for change, called the CEPET© Program (Community | Education | Participation | Empowerment | Transformation) This program underlies all AACC’s endeavors. Each community effort begins by building strong, compassionate relationships with community members. Once these relationships are developed a process is undertaken to identify, create, and implement activities and projects that address the most pressing needs of the community. The uniqueness of AACC’s approach is the way in which holistic education is used increase the quality of life for all participants while empowering primary caregivers.
Since 2004, AACC has created long-lasting change for over 6,500 individuals through its programs, projects, and partnerships.