The Nest is a safe, engaging space where young children (1-6 years old) can play and explore. It is a peaceful refuge from the overcrowded living conditions that families endure as they wait for months at a time for their immigration interviews at the US Border. Equipped with open-ended materials that spark creativity and curiosity, The Nest offers children what all children need to ensure healthy development - the right to play. Away from the overcrowded shelter where each family shares a single bed and conversations amongst adults are always within earshot of children, The Nest is a protected space free of adult concerns - it is a place where children can be children!
Located across the street from a shelter, Nest Tijuana offers two programs daily:
EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAM
for children 2-6 years old
PARENT / TODDLER PROGRAM
for children 1-3 years old, and their parents
Like all of our Nests, Nest Tijuana is staffed by International Volunteers (teachers and other professionals from around the world) and Community Volunteers (the population we serve – in this case, the refugees themselves). All Nesters participate in a training program in trauma-informed practices and PILA's pedagogical approach to education.