Our Response to Pathways to School Success

Inclusive quality education for all children
September 2022 Reaction

The First Years, First Priority campaign welcomes the European Commission’s Proposal for a Council Recommendation on Pathways to School Success, published on 30 June 2022. Quality education plays a key role in shaping children’s lives, advancing equal opportunities and tackling social exclusion. The Commission’s proposal makes a significant contribution to the EU’s ambition to improve education outcomes, address inequalities between and within countries, and foster social inclusion.

In our submission to the Commission’s consultation on this important Proposal, we highlighted the need for more attention to, and investment in, public policies that support very young children and their families, especially those facing inequalities and social exclusion from their earliest years and into their schooling. We also highlighted the importance of improving access to high-quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), especially for children under three years of age and from groups that face particular barriers in accessing quality ECEC services.

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