First Years First Priority campaign launch

4 December 2021

Eurochild and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) are launching a Europe-wide campaign on Early Childhood Development (ECD), in partnership with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the Roma Education Fund (REF), with the support of the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The First Years First Priority campaign is looking to build a strong community of ECD advocates at the EU and national level to ensure ECD stays high on the political agenda.

The campaign prioritizes children from birth to 6 years old, with a special attention on:

  • the first 1,000 days of the child’s life;
  • the most vulnerable children (Roma and Traveller children, children with disabilities, migrant and refugee children, children at risk of entering, or in, alternative care, and those living in extreme poverty).

The campaign will run in 9 countries across Europe (Bulgaria, Hungary, France, Finland, Ireland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Romania) under the leadership of national coordinators, who will help create broad coalitions of national partners for stronger campaigns at the national level.

Do you want to be part of a community of Early Childhood Development advocates at the EU or national level?

Register your interest below by Monday 14 December:

For further information, please contact Agata D’Addato, Eurochild Senior Project Manager and Campaign Coordinator (