International Step by Step Association: Growing through Sharing Together: Needs and Aspirations of Romani Early Childhood Professionals

The study confirms that the provision of high quality services for Roma children and their families is critical to improving children’s lives and increasing their opportunities for future success.

During 2012, OSF, ISSA, and ISSA members and partners conducted this mapping research to determine the professional interests and needs of Romani early childhood development (ECD) professionals and paraprofessionals.

A child’s first 1000 days have a critical influence on their life chances, and Early Years provision needs to be of the highest quality to combat the social exclusion and historic disadvantage experienced by Romani communities.

ISSA and OSF/ECP recognise that the provision of high quality services for Roma children and their families is critical to improving children’s lives and increasing their opportunities for future success. Access without quality is of little merit. The results of this study confirmed that there is a need to strengthen the visibility and reputation of Roma and other practitioners working with Romani families and communities.

Download the study here.