SCC has compiled an information booklet on childcare called OYACO, with an aim to support families from abroad by providing local information on childcare in English. OYACO is a collaborative project by local mothers and culturally diverse members. The booklet is named after the Japanese word “oyako” (親子 おやこ), which means “parent and child.”

By conducting an online questionnaire and a roundtable talk, we learned that parenting in Japan is surprisingly challenging for international families, especially for families new to the northern Yokohama area. We also found that language barrier is the biggest hurdle for those who do not speak Japanese. With these findings in mind, SCC supporters compiled the first edition of OYACO in 2018. In April 2022, we published the second edition of the booklet in English and easy Japanese, with subsidy from the Yokohama City International Affairs Bureau.

All this was made possible thanks to our committed team of 19 culturally diverse members, and with generous support from the Tsuzuki ward office, Popola childcare support center of Tsuzuki ward, NPO Kodomoto, Certified NPO Chikyu Gakko, and Yokohama City Hokubu Chiiki Ryoiku Center. We express our gratitude to all those involved.

We are currently seeking donations to cover the printing costs for additional copies of the booklet. Please help out our cause by making a donation on the website below!

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SCCは、地元の子育て情報を英語で提供することで、外国出身の家族を支援することを目的に、子育て情報冊子「OYACO(おやこ)」を作成しました。OYACOは、地域の母親や文化的に多様なメンバーによる共同プロジェクトです。冊子の名前は、”親子 “を意味する日本語の “おやこ “に由来しています。




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The new OYACO booklet is available now at the following place.

おやこがもらえる場所 ↓↓↓ As of June 1st,2022 <2022年6月1日現在>

Childcare Support Division こども家庭支援課(かていしえんか)

・Tsuzuki ward office 都筑区役所(つづきくやくしょ)MAP

・Kohoku ward office 港北区役所 (こうほくくやくしょ)MAP

・Aoba ward office 青葉区役所(あおばくやくしょ)MAP

Childcare Support Center 子育て支援センター(こそだてしえんせんたあ)

・Popola (Tsuzuki ward) ぽぽら (つづき)MAP

・Drop (Kohoku ward ) どろつぷ (こうほく)MAP

・Laful(Aoba ward) らふうる(あおば)MAP

・Ippo (Midori ward) いつぽ (みどり)MAP

・Smile Port (Nishi ward) すまいるぽおと (にし)MAP

▼△▼You can download the OYACO booklet PDF for free. Please click the button here▼△▼



A great honor to hear that “OYACO is a LIFESAVER ! “
With our dedicated OYACO publication project members

A behind the scenes look into the OYACO publication process