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OvidiuRo’s program - Fiecare Copil în Grădiniţa (Every Child in Preschool and Kindergarten, FCG) is designed to increase early education enrollment and attendance, and by doing so, to correct the root causes of school abandonment. The program (1) organizes communities to prioritize early education and (2) incentivizes impoverished parents to send their 3- to 5/6-year-old children to kindergarten. The program started in June 2010 in 13 rural and semi-rural municipalities and addressed 1300 children. Now, it extended to 45 municipalities and 2500 children benefit from the program.
The Extended Pre-School Provision for Vulnerable 2 Year Olds is a pilot programme that the Scottish Government ran from August 2006 until June 2008. The key aims for the programme were to “encourage positive preschool experiences, promote attendance, provide support for parents as well as children and to encourage parental engagement with centre staff.” The programme took place in Glasgow, Dundee, and North Ayrshire. These local authorities developed their own programme delivery models in response to local needs and expectations. The pilot programme ran in 5 nursery schools and 4 family learning centres in Glasgow; 2 nursery schools, 1 nursery class in a primary school, and 1 preschool centre in Dundee, and 3 primary schools in North Ayrshire.
The Institute of Education and Civic Practices (IEPC) is an associative structure, funded by the national body for family allowances of Seine-Saint-Denis, which manages the mixed system day care centre “Scoubidou.” Scoubidou can accommodate 50 children. This mixed system centre, located at 8 rue Paul Bert 93300 Aubervilliers, offers:
Meyer Trauma Center is a special unit of Meyer Hospital that works with all the medical issues related to traumas and orthopaedic treatments. The Trauma Center team regularly organises lectures for families aimed to decrease domestic injuries on children aged from 0 - 6 and from 6 - 12 months; during these lectures the professionals are also giving advices on how to prevent and detect abuses, maltreatment and neglect. In particular, during the lectures the teaching staff focuses on all the tips for families and caregivers to avoid dangers, but also to prevent neglect. In addition to it, a special attention is given to the description of stressful situations, especially regarding newborns, that in some cases can lead to violent behaviours. For example, one of the topics is the so-called PURPLE Crying Period, a period of time in which babies can tend to have unexpected and long lasting crying crisis. Parents are trained to recognise and find solutions while their children are going through this period in order to avoid stress and abrupt reactions that can sometimes lead to violence. Another important topic is the Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), all the risks connected to the intentional shaking of the baby and physical/psychological violence signs and symptoms.
In the town of "La Charité sur Loire" (Department of Nievre - N°58), the community center (social center) helps the parents who need a child care while they are working. According to their needs, they can use a child minder or a day nursery. But these care arrangements are not possible for parents who work with atypical schedules (early on the morning, late on the evening, during the night, during the weekend). It is even more difficult for single-parent families. So, the community center has signed a contract with the private enterprise "Family Sphere" in order to help these families. A Child minder (who is qualified for this job) comes at home and takes care of the baby (and of other children if it is necessary). Family Allowance Fund pays subsidies and the parents only pay a fare which depends on their income as if they would use a day nursery (between 0,36 and 2,77 euros/hour). This solution is born thanks to the participative democracy; it was created by the community center in dialogue with the inhabitants because it was really useful for them. Then, the municipality led a public enquiry with 800 families and it resulted that it was a real social need. The town of “La charité sur Loire” is qualified by Unicef “Ville amie des enfants” “friendly city for children”