Early childhood development and care

Early Childhood Development and Care

Early childhood development and care center provides services to support children’s life from conception to age five (internationally eight) with more focus on Roma and Egyptian children in Tirana, Durres, Shkodra and Devoll Municipalities. Children are stimulated to master more and more complex levels of moving, thinking, feeling and interacting with people and objects in the environment. Professionals staff engaged not only to provide education, but also such as children’s health and nutrition, their evolving emotional and social abilities, as well as their minds, to move policy makers and program providers away from thinking exclusively in terms of pre-schooling.Programs are focused on children aged 0-6, a period of tremendous growth in all areas of a child’s development.

The project on early child care and development:

In 2019 was established the first social daycare center called “Family supporting center and child care” in Tirana Municipality.  This centre is functional and is the first day center in Tirana Municipality that provides special child care and family support for the group aged 0-8 years old. The centre is equipped with all the necessary furniture in order to accommodate up to 25 children and their mothers. In Shkodra and Durrës Municipalities the daily drop-in centers have been established and supported by the Municipality itself and the project team with the project resources. The centers are fully  functioning by offering on a daily basis all the project services and supporting children and their respective families with the provision of kindergarten and preschool primary education. The centers offer support for a number of 25-30 children daily, but this number is often overcome because no child in need is left behind, and the project staff tries to act as possible by offering the same quality service to each child.

Increase enrollment rates of Roma and Egyptian children aged 0-6 in four Municipalities in Albania

Increase the transition rate of Roma and Egyptian children aged 6 from pre-school to mainstream, non-segregated primary school

Reduce the school drop-out rate of Roma and Egyptian beneficiary children in 1st and 2nd grade of primary schools

Increase rate of positive parent-child communications.