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Early Childhood Development in Portugal - Country Profile

Portugal has made little progress over the past years in delivering early childhood development (ECD) policies and supporting families with young children. Specifically, there is no national law or act guaranteeing access to basic ECD services in Education, Health, Nutrition, and/or Social and Child Protection for all children under six years of age. There is a lack of sufficient data regarding young children across ECD policy areas, and it has become evident that the investment in ECD is not holistic. There are some developments regarding the early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy area.

First Years First Priority is a Europe-wide campaign set up to advocate for prioritization of early childhood development in public policies, with a particular focus on families and children who are at greater risk of discrimination and exclusion.

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