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Early Childhood: Success in Bolivia for Advocacy team 4 Jun 2015

Beginning in 2013, after a petition of the Cochabamba Secretary for Human Development, Save the Children partnered with Aldeas SOS and UNICEF to advocate for a municipal Law on Early Childhood and to establish a public policy on early childhood in the Municipality of Cercado.

On May 8, 2015 the Municipal Council in Cochabamba unanimously approved the Law on Early Childhood, which will contribute greatly to overall development during early childhood and improve the quality of life of pregnant women.

The law assures and safeguards the rights of children under the age of 5, including their physical and mental health, from any violence in an inter-institutional manner.

The main objectives of the new law are:

  • Define financially and technically sustainable programs and projects for overall early childhood development.

  • Support the development of girls and boys within the district of Cochabamba focusing on a rights-based approach for children during their early childhood.

  • Assure persistent and quality care for the duration of early childhood, including services from the day the child was conceived until the age of five.

  • Mobilise and sensitize the society of Cochabamba with the aim to change the way they relate and treat young children.

  • Strengthen families as fundamental actors in the overall development of young children.

  • Create systems to coordinate programs to promote overall development during early childhood.

  • Generate knowledge about early childhood related topics.

  • Establish the Center of Infancy and Early Childhood for the benefit of young children in the Cochabamba area.

Carlos Villarroel, Head of the Sub-office of Save the Children in Cochabamba said, “What is left now is to make the new law operational. [The initiatives outlined in this law] have to be put in action in the districts to benefit the overall early childhood development.”

Within a timeframe of six months, the inter-sectorial Commission will provide the official rules, the programmatic structure and the institutional design for the law.