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Centres for Families

Policy category

Supporting Parenting and Assisting with Childcare

Recommendation Pillars

Enhance family support and the quality of alternative care settings, Reduce inequality at a young age by investing in early childhood education and care, Support parents’ participation in the labour market

Countries that have implemented practice


Age Groups

Adults (age 20+)

Target Groups

Fathers, Mothers, Parents

Type of Organization Implementing Practice

City or Town Government

Practice Overview

Municipal Centres for Families are local facilities offering practical services for families with children who face everyday problems, such as the difficulty of reconciling work and family. These centres, located mostly in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna, primarily support young couples, single parents and immigrant families – the latter of which are often not fully integrated into the local society. Municipal Centres are also frequently meeting places for groups of families who enrol in discussion groups addressing work–life balance. The Centres are part of the municipal system of social services and are coordinated and financed by the Emilia Romagna Region. In recent years, however, five other regional centres have joined the core Municipal Centre group, following Emilia Romagna’s example.

Contact Information


Unità di documentazione dei Centri per il famiglie Centro per le Famiglie


Isola del Tesoro Piazza XXIV Maggio, 1 Ferrara