President Enrique Peña Nieto witnessed the signing of the Agreement between the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) and the Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL):
"The goal is for 1.7 million children of preschool age to receive this level of education where they live and where they go to school, where they can be looked after and protected.”
In 2002, compulsory preschool education was established as part of Basic Education. Even with these institutional efforts, it is estimated that nearly 1 in 3 children ages 3 to 5 do not receive preschool education, representing about 1.7 million children.
In some cases it is because they do not have access to it, but in others it is because they go to Daycare Centers, Nurseries or Child Development Centers, whose care models have not been homologated with the features of this educational level.
“The central issue of all the reforms we have undertaken, the most important one is education reform, because it focuses on giving children in our country the best tools to face the challenges of tomorrow.”
Objectives of the Agreement
1. Ensure, together with the state and federal authorities, that the Nurseries, Child Welfare and Development Centers and all the other early care centers comply with all the requirements of the SEP for preschool; and
2. Encourage all children of preschool age, children of families that are beneficiaries of social programs to be enrolled at this level.
This action joins others the government is undertaking for children’s development and welfare on another front, together with the Ministry of Social Development, for all the children of the beneficiaries of the various social programs of this age to attend preschool education.
• In 2016, the Federal Public Administration has earmarked more than $736 billion dollars for the care of Children and Adolescents under 18.
• The number of full-time schools has increased from 6,708 in 2012 to 23,182 (2014-2014 school year), benefiting about 3.5 million students.
• SEDESOL benefits nearly 13 million children under 15. Four million children receive nutritional contributions through Liconsa milk.
• 650,000 children are cared for at SEDESOL, IMSS, ISSSTE, PEMEX, DIF Children’s Daycare and Nursery Facilities; as well as the Ministry of National Defense and the Navy.
• Six million children under 12 have their education ensured through to university, through the Life Insurance Scheme for Women Heads of Family.
• More than 28,000 whose mothers have died receive a scholarship to ensure their school attendance.
"This country has its greatest treasure in Mexico’s children. They are its greatest treasure. The greatest treasure lies in what we can do for them, because tomorrow they will be responsible for the path taken by our country.
And those of us who are older, and who have also public responsibility, are obliged to ensure that the children of Mexico, effectively have better conditions as regards their preparation and training and the quality of education they receive, because that is what is going to open the doors for them to achieve their goals tomorrow.”