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Reinvesting in Children? Policies for the very young in South Eastern Europe and the CIS

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  • Kitty Stewart
  • Carmen Huerta
  • UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
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    Economic collapse in the former Communist bloc led to soaring levels of child poverty in the 1990s. The effects of rising unemployment, underemployment and wage arrears were exacerbated by the erosion of state support for families with children as governments responded to a collapse in revenue. Since 1998, even the poorer countries of the bloc - those in South Eastern Europe and the CIS - have seen a return to economic growth. But have the benefits of growth been felt by children? Are child support policies being restored or restructured as economic conditions improve, and to what effect? This paper examines three aspects of government support for the youngest children – maternity leave policy, child and family allowances and pre-school/nursery provision. The paper calls for governments and donors to pay greater attention to the needs of very young children. It calls for a substantial increase in public spending on each of these policy areas, and it further recommends that governments (a) introduce proxy means tests to improve the targeting of family allowances; (b) make maternity benefit available on a social assistance as well as a social insurance basis; and (c) make a commitment to ensuring that all 3-5 year olds have free access to some early years education each week, albeit on a part-time basis.

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    Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Working Papers with number inwopa06/35.

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    Length: 71
    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa06/35

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    Keywords: child poverty; child related policies; family income; transitional economies;

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    Cited by:
    1. Emiliana Vegas & Lucrecia Santibáñez, 2010. "The Promise of Early Childhood Development in Latin America and the Caribbean," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 9385, October.

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