Roundtable „From policies to outcomes – ECD services in the spotlight“


9 March 2017, Hotel Ramada, Sofia


09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:15 Opening and greetings

Ms Ivanka Shalapatova, Executive Director, For Our Children Foundation

Dr Ilko Semerdzhiev, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health

H.E. Tom van Oorshot, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bulgaria

Ms Maria Zlatareva, Director “Policies and Programs”, UNICEF – Bulgaria

Mr Tony Thompson, Representative, World Bank – Bulgaria

10:15 – 11:00 Priorities of early childhood education and care policies and services in the European Union

Mr Julius op de Beke, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break
11:20 – 12:45 Integrated approaches and services for early childhood development: panel discussion

Ms Veronica Silva, World Bank: Models for Integrated services for early childhood development

Ms Maria Petkova, Tulip Foundation: The Sure Start programme – integrated services for early childhood development

Discussion (moderated by Ms Ivanka Shalapatova, For Our Children Foundation)

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:30 Services for early childhood development in Bulgaria: panel discussion

Ms Vera Rangelova, UNICEF Bulgaria: The health system in support of young children and their families

Ms Eugenia Volen, Trust for Social Achievement: Access to what? The education system in early childhood

Ms Vessela Banova, National Network for Children: The role of social services for early childhood development

Ms Vesselina Vassileva, Karin Dom Foundation: Early childhood intervention to support children with disabilities and their families

Discussion (moderated by Ms Vania Kaneva, For Our Children Foundation)

15:30 – 15:50 Coffee break
15:50 – 17:00 From services to policies for early childhood development: panel discussion

Ms Krassimira Kostadinova, Ministry of Health

Ms Vania Traykova, Ministry of Education and Science

Ms Daniela Kicheva, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

Ms Iliana Hristova, State Agency for Child Protection

Dr Diliana Vachkova, National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria

Discussion (moderated by Ms Dani Koleva, National Network for Children)

17:00 – 17:30 Summary and closing: adoption of a declaration by the participants


Presentation summaries

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Julius op de Beke

Vera Rangelova

Veronica Silva

Vessela Banova

Vesselina Vassileva

Eugenia Volen

Maria Petkova