KOMF started the implementation of a new regional project “Supporting Toddlers/pre-schoolers Achievement through Refined Teaching (START)”, project financed by World Vision Germany. The project is implemented by coalitions of NGOs for child protection in six countries: Kosovo, Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Armenia and Georgia.

Overall objective of the project is to support quality early childhood development in the Wider Black Sea region.

One of the key project outputs is development of Online START platform (knowledge hub) for offering guidance for parents – home learning on how to support early development. The proposed action aspires to provide assistance to all parents with children aged 0 – 6 especially vulnerable ones, with easy accessible information and material related to ECEC so they can directly support early development of their children and hence contribute to the improvement of their start positions in life. By creating the online knowledge hub, they will be able to access to resources, exchange their experiences and provide peer-to-peer support to one another.

Project supports the creation of 6 thematic groups within each country, whose task will be to involve key decision makers and advocate for ECEC situation improvement, work on platform content and thus raise awareness about key issues of ECEC which equally affects the entire region (importance, equity, equality and accessibility in ECEC in 6 countries).

Also, the project aims to increase cooperation and understanding on importance of ECEC stakeholders across the region.

Having in mind that changing or implementation of law frameworks is always slow process and very much conditioned by political will, project puts in focus also support for parents and practitioners, before greater expectations of policy changes.