The project will be implemented in Fakulteta Neighbourhood in Sofia, the second largest Roma neighbourhood in Bulgaria. The project aims at developing further a programme for early childhood education and care and gathering empirical evidence of its immediate impact on child care, children‘s cognitive development and academic performance as well as parents’ values and social skills and other fields of parents’ social life, namely employment and civic involvement.
early childhood development
The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion in Bulgaria (RECI+) report has been prepared by Foundation Open Society Institute – Sofia and focuses on the situation in education and care, healthcare and social services for the Bulgarian children of Roma ethnicity aged 0 to 8. The report was drafted at the initiative and with the support of Open Society Foundations, the Roma Education Fund and UNICEF and is part of a series of similar surveys conducted in the countries from Central and Eastern Europe.
The main objective is to create opportunities for everyone to live healthily, responsibly and independently by building a hub for functionally related social and educational services in support of children and youth from vulnerable groups, as well as their families in the municipality of Stamboliyski.
Project: “Provision of integrated services for early childhood development in the municipality of Tvarditsa”
The project envisages the establishment of a complex of functionally related services (hubs) in three socially isolated communities on the territory of Tvarditsa town, Shivachevo town and Sborishte village. The activities of the hubs will reflect the needs of the local communities and will offer services in the fields of education, health and social activities. The target group of the complex will be children aged 0 to 6 who do not attend kindergarten or nursery and live in isolated, poor areas with a concentration of problems posing a risk of poverty and social exclusion, as well as their parents.
Kyustendil Municipality plans to expand the counseling services for children and their families at the Day Care Center for Children with Disabilities. The expansion of the Center’s activities will provide a complex of functional services contributing to improving the quality of life, social inclusion and early childhood development of children from vulnerable groups, including Roma communities, to ensure their equal inclusion in the formal education system.
The project aims to provide support to over 300 children and families from vulnerable groups living in three districts of Sofia Municipality, with a concentration of Roma population, residential area Filipovtsi in Lyulin district, Fakulteta district in Krasna Polyana district and Hr. Botev in Slatina district, to improve access to health care, formation of parenting skills, improve the family environment, increase school preparedness and inclusion in the education system.
It is planned to open a complex of 3 centers located in 3 socially isolated communities in the villages of Kaloyanovets, Khan Asparuhovo and Bratya Kunchevi. The complex will offer integrated services – healthcare, social and educational, work with parents and stakeholders.
The overall goal of the project proposal is to provide support to children aged 0-6 and their families from vulnerable groups in one of the poorest regions in Europe by creating 5 functionally related hubs that provide a range of health, educational and social services, including supporting the active involvement of the local community, to 320 children, 100 parents, guardians or caregivers.
Project: “Together today, together tomorrow – local communities in support of improved early childhood education and care”
The goal of the project is to improve the access to education, healthcare and social skills development for children aged 0-6 in Malko Tarnovo municipality who do not attend or do not have access to kindergarten or nursery, or live in isolated rural areas, urban and/or poor areas with a concentration of problems at risk of poverty, social exclusion and marginalization.
Project: “Establishment of a Community complex (hub) for early child development and parental support “Peony” in the town of Gorna Oryahovitsa, the village of Varbitsa and the village of Draganovo”
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improving the quality of life, social inclusion and early childhood development by supporting the creation and implementation of a community complex (hub) of functional services for children from vulnerable groups, including Roma communities.