REYN Early Childhood Research: new study shedding light on the situation of young Roma children in Europe

Just as data from our campaign indicated, there is a significant knowledge gap about the status of children under the age of six, particularly the youngest. This lack of data impedes the development of responsive policies and programmes to revert their situation. 

To address this issue, ISSA’s Romani Early Years Network (REYN) Initiative launched the country data collected within its REYN Early Childhood Research, which sheds light on young Roma children and their parents throughout Europe. The infographics brings together unprecedented Roma-related early childhood data from 11 countries. Covering five key areas that impact a child’s development such as health, hygiene and nutrition, safety and security as well as early learning and living environment, the 11 country data analyses structural and emerging issues that might have widened during the COVID-19 crisis, leading to an increase of inequality and social exclusion. 

Moreover, REYN Early Childhood Research data showcases a unique way of conducting research on Roma-related topics. The research, led by Roma researchers, involved Roma and non-Roma country researchers and early childhood experts gathering data in the 11 countries where National REYN-s operate.   

The lack of evidence on young Roma children in Europe picturing their status and needs makes the REYN Early Childhood Research a unique piece of evidence reinforcing the importance of early years as well as influencing the agenda of prioritization and investment in young Roma children.  

REYN Early Childhood Research Study was initiated in 2021 and has been done in partnership with the Roma Studies Groups (CEG) at CREA – University of Barcelona, with financial support from the Open Society Foundation. 

The full REYN Early Childhood Research study is soon to be launched.

Read more about this research and watch the broadcast of the launch event below:

Photo: Courtesy of Tomáš Rafa