Mobilising people to advocate for more political visibility and resource allocation to early childhood

First Years First Priority meeting ECD

On 18 March 2021 International Partners and National Coordinators met to discuss the next steps of the campaign asking for a fair start for every child.

Although it is widely recognised that early childhood experiences have a long-term impact on children’s well-being and healthy development, early childhood development (ECD) receives relatively little attention in politics and public policies.

We have an extraordinary opportunity to leverage the political and economic weight of the European Union to help drive change over the coming months and years. However, we know that it is not enough to influence EU policies and funding programmes.  For these development to create long-lasting change in countries, they must have ownership and follow-up of civil society at national level.  The EU policy agenda needs to be adapted to each individual national context. That is why our National Coordinators will play such a crucial role in this campaign.

National Coordinators are further developing national strategies to influence their governments.
We’ll soon start sharing updates from them, so stay tuned!

At the online meeting attended by 26 early childhood advocates both the advocacy strategy and the communications strategy were presented and discussed. These will help organisations coordinate their work at the EU and the national level with a view of realizing the real potential of our top-down and bottom-up approach.

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