An evaluation model in order to judge the adequacy of services that give attention to children in public health centers at the local level is presented by the authors. The study was based essentially on and follows the same style preconized by the Discipline of Maternal Health of the S. Paulo University School of Public Health. For each of the seven parameters (physycal plan, material resources, human resources, functioning, programming and coordination with other services, programmes and institutions, personnel training and internal prophylactical activities) sets of items are presented as requisites for mark-gaining. The method is proposed as useful for the detection of deficiencies and the planning of improvements in the area of child care at the local level.
Child Welfare; Community Health Services; Child Care