This RECI Overview Report is based on the country reports and compares and contrasts respective policy contexts and service delivery models. It proposes a series of recommendations for more comprehensive and inclusive early childhood services and provides a clear agenda for action by governments.
The findings and recommendations of the Overview Report are particularly relevant at this point in time as the recent Europe 2020 strategy requires member states and those seeking accession to the European
Union, to develop national strategies for Roma inclusion. Moreover, two years of preschool education for all Roma children has been one of the targets of the Roma Decade, since its inception. It is the belief of the collaborating agencies that the time is right for governments to act.
Comprehensive early childhood services for all children, starting with the prenatal period and extending through the early years of primary education, must be expanded, with an explicit focus on the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups such as the Roma, so that the reality of Roma inclusion is realised for this generation of young Roma children and beyond.