Wednesday,20 May

14:30 - 16:00

Designed by Bernard van Leer Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo, King Baudouin Foundation and Jacobs Foundation     Room: Blue 2

Rates of poverty in early childhood in Europe have increased dramatically in recent years. The economic context has had a negative impact on opportunities for public investment in early childhood. Policies and programmes for small children are generally less accessible to children from migrant and disadvantaged families. European foundations are increasingly asked to support interventions targeted to young children and their families, to support innovation on these issues, and to act as catalysers of multi-stakeholder networks working on advocacy for inclusive early childhood.

Based on the experience of the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years, promoted by a network of European and North American foundations and taking into account programmes sustained at national and local level, this session will focus on how foundations can add value in early childhood education and care systems and on their role in promoting equal access and inclusion for all children.
During the session a moderator will interview four discussants. The multidisciplinary experience of the speakers and the diverse typologies of policies/practices presented will demonstrate the much diversified role that European foundations can play on this issue and will ensure and stimulate the active participation of the audience.
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