Since its inception ALAS has aimed to increase social awareness about the reality of vulnerable children in Latin America. Our main objective is to promote the development of high quality early childhood programs (early learning, nutrition and health), that are based on comprehensive public policies. In this sense, ALAS Foundation works to make society and Latin American governments understand the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and its impact on the social and economic development of any society.
We use our high media impact to convoke strategic allies and also to promote: i) the design of public policies; ii) increased investment in ECD; iii) and the implementation of comprehensive early learning programs.
Some of the advocacy activities that can be highlighted are the following:
2008: ALAS’ GREAT CONCERT FOR THE CHILDREN (Mexico and Argentina)
This was our first massive initiative that introduced the early childhood development issue in Latin America society. As part of the strategy, two concerts were held in parallel in Mexico and Argentina which help deliver ALAS’ message.
13 artists gathered for these two concerts which drawing a crowd of more than 400,000. The two events were broadcasted in 13 countries.
Shakira, Aleks Syntek, Alejandro Lerner, Alejandro Sanz, Ana Torroja, Babasonicos, Calle 13, Chayanne, David Bisbal, Diego Torres, Emmanuel, Fito Páez, Gustavo Cerati, Jorge Drexler, Juan Luis Guerra, Lucero, La Portuaria, Miguel Bosé, Maná, Mercedes Sosa, Paulina Rubio, Pedro Aznar, Ricardo Montaner, Ricky Martin, Tania Libertad, Tigres del Norte y Timbiriche
2008: FORUM: CHILDREN OF LATIN AMERICA. A future without poverty (New York)
Held in Columbia University, ALAS gathered 5 Latin American presidents from: Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama and Paraguay in order to promote the design of comprehensive ECD public policies.
2008, 2009 and 2012:
ALAS participated in THREE LATIN AMERICAN SUMMITS
and had an impact on Presidents’ incorporating their commitment to early childhood on their agendas.
In partnership with the Earth Institute (Columbia University), ALAS established the ECD Secretariat for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Secretariat was established thanks to the participation of more than 30 international experts and representatives from 7 different governments (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama and Paraguay).
As a result, two early childhood development guides were published, with an analysis of the state of ECD in the region. These documents also include a diagnosis and characterization of ECD along with recommendations. To view these documents please visit:
ALAS participated in the Summit of the Americas and chaired an event with more than 30 activists and business leaders in Latin American, in order to encourage private investment in Early Childhood.