MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay plans to release its first National Early Childhood Care Plan this week and will detail the government’s programs and commitments in this area, the Office of the President said.
The initiative will be presented at an international symposium that opens on Monday in Montevideo and ends on Thursday.
The plan, which will be released on Wednesday, includes an explanation of the reasons why this South American country “must bet on a gradual government policy to build a system of early childhood comprehensive protection,” Deputy Public Health Secretary Cristina Lustemberg said in a statement.
At least 15 international experts, including specialists from Italy, Chile and Finland, will participate in the forum, the Office of the President said.
President Tabare Vazquez will attend the symposium at Mercosur headquarters in Montevideo along with Health Minister Jorge Basso; Education and Culture Minister Maria Julia Muñoz; and Social Development Minister Marina Arismendi.
On Nov. 18, Congress sent the president for his signature legislation creating the Comprehensive National Care System, or SNIC, which covers public policies to provide care for dependent people, one of Vazquez’s major goals during the elections campaign.
The system has for main components: early childhood, senior adults, disability and strengthening human resources, although the “absolute priority” is on early childhood, Lustemberg said.
Children under 12 are a priority for SNIC, with a higher priority given to toddlers up to age 3.
Funding for the new system is unknown since the budgets going out to 2020 have not been approved yet.