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Early Years Matter – First Years, First Priority Manifesto

2024 EU Elections – Putting early childhood at the heart of a social Europe

Ahead of the 2024 European Parliament elections, the First Years, First Priority campaign is calling on all parties and candidates to support a strong social Europe that protects and promotes the rights of all children from their youngest years.

The new European Parliament and European Commission, with EU Member States, must strengthen efforts to end child poverty and social exclusion and discrimination, and ensure the full implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, the European Child Guarantee and the Barcelona targets for early childhood education and care.

Members of the First Years, First Priority campaign have identified 6 priorities for the next European Parliament mandate and the next European Commission work programme.

  • End child poverty and social exclusion
  • Increase public investment in early childhood development
  • Uphold children’s rights through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • End discrimination and social exclusion from early childhood
  • Provide quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for all children
  • Take urgent action on climate change

Read the full manifesto