First Years, First Priority: A Fair Start for Every Child in Europe

Eurochild, International Step by Step Association, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), and Roma Education Fund (REF)

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. This briefing provides a description of the policy context in which the 'First Year, First Priority' campaign is launched. It aims to explain:

  1. Why is the 'First Years, First Priority' campaign needed?
  2. What problems does the campaign seek to address and what solutions is it advocating for?
  3. How does the campaign achieve change and what are the policy and funding levers at EU level that will be used to support that change?