A fair start
for child
in Europe

First Years First Priority is a Europe-wide campaign set up to advocate for prioritization of early childhood development in public policies, with a particular focus on families and children who are at greater risk of discrimination and exclusion.  

We aim to ensure that all young children aged 0 to 6 have equal opportunities to safe, healthy and optimal development.

Join our community of followers and supporters to advocate for more political visibility and resource allocation to early childhood.

Across Europe

Early Childhood Development in the countries where the campaign operates. Learn more



Response to the Council Recommendation on ECEC Barcelona Targets for 2030

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Campaign Partners Meet Decision Makers in Brussels to Discuss How to Fight Poverty and Social Exclusion in Early Childhood

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Nine Country Profiles highlight the need for greater attention to Early Childhood Development across Europe

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First Years. First Priority is a joint initiative of Eurochild and ISSA (the International Step by Step Association). We are the leading European networks representing the children’s rights and the early childhood sectors. Our partnership pools our respective strengths to campaign for the prioritisation of early childhood development in public policies across Europe. The European Public Health Alliance and Roma Education Fund are associate partners.

National Coordinators

With the support of

This website has been produced with the financial support of the European Programme of Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) 2014-2020. The views expressed herein do not neccessarily reflect the position and opinion of the European Comission. With Support from Open Society Foundations.