The early childhood period is the most important developmental phase which determines the well-being, quality of health, learning and social-emotional behaviour of an individual across the life span. Extensive research has shown that high quality early childhood intervention (ECI) services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities at large. At the same time, investment in early intervention and the development of ECI support services are fundamental to avoid the segregation and institutionalisation of children with disabilities and their families.
EASPD together with The Republic Center for Support of persons with Intellectual Disability – PORAKA (North Macedonia) are organising the 2nd edition of EASPD Regional Provider Forum which will bring forward models of good practice in early childhood intervention from across the Balkan region. By highlighting these practices, we aim to provide a source of inspiration for other support services, decision-makers, and professionals willing to develop or improve ECI services and programmes in their communities across the Balkan region and beyond.