Supporting Families and Providing Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe and Central Asia

Policy and Financing Options

Mother with a baby
Unicef/Serbia/Nemanja Pancic


UNICEF’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office commissioned this study to better understand how the social protection benefits that mothers and families in the region receive could be reframed in order to increase access to early childhood education and care services and enable mothers to return to work. The results may be useful for policy makers, particularly those interested in family policies, early childhood development and gender equality, and the nexus between these policy areas. The study may also be useful for professional and advocacy organizations in promoting work-life balance and early childhood development policies in the ECA region.

Child on the cover
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