First Years, First Priority campaign partners call on EU leaders to support and promote greater investment in early childhood development

First Years, First Priority Messages to Political Groups in the European Parliament

Ahead of the European Parliament elections in June 2024, we urge all Political Groups to support and promote greater investment in early childhood development, as part of the EU’s ambition to fight poverty and social exclusion and fostering a stronger social Europe which protects and promotes the rights of all children, from their youngest years.

We urge all Political Groups to support early childhood development in the EU, as a public policy priority, and to include commitments to children’s rights in their manifestos by:

  • Maintaining and strengthening the European Parliament’s Child Rights Intergroup and its role in upholding and promoting children’s rights in early childhood
  • Continuing to support the mandates of the European Parliament Coordinator on Children’s Rights and the European Commission Coordinator for the Rights of the Child
  • Retaining the European Parliament Working Group on the Child Guarantee and ensure that early childhood is a key focus of Member States’ implementation
  • Maintaining the European Commission Working Group on Early Childhood Education and Care

Read the full document with the key messages we have shared with EU leaders