Early childhood development (ECD) programmes are important during the earliest years.
During this time the brain develops faster than at any other time in life and that is why interventions are highly effective and bring high return on investment.
ECD programmes are also a powerful equaliser of opportunities for vulnerable children.
- Perinatal mortality of 7.8 per 1000 births in Serbia is still much higher compared to the average rate of 4.9 in the 25 EU countries
- 19% of children from the general population are not fully immunized on time, while the same is true for 56% of children from Roma settlements
- Only 13% of children are exclusively breastfed in the first 6 months
- Only 37% of fathers regularly engage in learning activities with their 3 to 5-year-old children