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A Good Start: EU structural funds and early childhood education and care for marginalized Romani communities, 2014-2020: Policy recommendations

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This policy paper is prepared as part of the AGS pilot project, with the aim to bring together three issues: ECEC, Roma inclusion, and use of EU funds in the coming 2014-2020 funding period. There is rich literature on each of these three issues as well as any pair of them, but there is less on the three issues together. The paper gives a brief overview of how early ECEC can play a central role in Roma inclusion, how many of these services are still not accessible for Romani children and parents, and how the pilot project has designed and implemented such services that are now accessible for Romani families. More details can be found in the Annexes. The paper introduces recent developments in EU policies and then formulates recommendations for the finalization of the EU regulatory framework and the preparation of the national programming documents. These will become parallel activities for the next few years. Recommendations are formulated for decision-makers and officials of the member states as well as the EU (including the Commission, Council, and Parliament). As the finalization of the EU regulatory framework needs a joint effort from actors in member states and the EU, these recommendations are relevant for both national and EU audiences. (author abstract)
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