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Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care

The Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care project is a joint effort between the Novak Djokovic Foundation and the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development, financed from the World Bank loan proceeds. Once completed, it will have granted at least 3,000 children with the access to preschool education.

"If we expect our children to thrive at our colleges and universities, and succeed in our economy once they graduate - first we must make quality, affordable early childhood education accessible to all."

Kirsten Gillibrand

Why the ECEC project?

The expansion of preschool participation rates has been the key to our mission for over a decade. Thanks to the shared vision with the Ministry of Education and the World Bank, we are making big steps towards ensuring that every child goes to preschool by 2030.

The goal of the Project is to improve the accessibility, quality and equity of preschool education for every child from birth to 6.5 years, especially for children from socially and economically disadvantaged social groups. Preschool children and their families, preschool institutions, local communities (local self-governments, health services, centers for social work, etc.), state administration institutions in charge of preschool education, etc. all benefit from the project.

How We Do It

Expanding the supply of preschools spaces

The objective of this project component is to improve access to preschool for all children aged 0 to 6.5, by increasing the supply of high-quality preschool premises.

Strengthening the quality of preschool services

This component, independently administered by the Novak Djokovic Foundation, is focused on enhancing the quality of the preschool system characterized by a holistic approach.

Supporting young children and families

Primary activities of this component are aimed at encouraging parents and caregivers to improve parental skills for child development stimulation and caregiving practices

Our Impact

112

Study rooms adapted and/or equipped

2,736

Preschool places secured

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