This article discusses the political role performed by community associations and also identifies the usual practices of such institutions. Furthermore, it highlights the influence they have been exercising over the supplying of education for children and the outlining of local public policy for this sector in Feira de Santana, Bahia. This study was based on documents produced by the Secretaria Municipal de Educação (in Feira de Santana, Bahia) and reports from the newspaper Folha do Estado, throughout the 2000s. Beyond the local community, this paper analyzes controversial social projects and the relationship between civil and political society.
community associations; childhood; education for children; educational policies.