Support for Comprehensive Early Childhood Services - Primokiz Pilots 

 

What is Primokiz?

Primokiz is an evidence-based program developed by the Jacobs Foundation for increasing access to quality early childhood services for young children. The Jacobs Foundation has awarded ISSA the license, which ISSA sub-licenses to its national members. Using the well-established knowledge brought by Jacobs Foundation’s Primokiz approach together with the experience and results from the INTESYS project, ISSA continues to work on enabling policies and practices for building integrated early childhood services across countries. 

By working directly with local governments, the Primokiz program is aimed at building a sustainable local infrastructure of knowledge and capacity for developing and implementing responsive and comprehensive early childhood strategies. A highly participatory process rooted in the local context, that mobilizes and connects the political commitment with the local expertise and resources, and the needs of the children and families in the communities. 

Primokiz is primarily a process-focused program through which collaboration and coordination across sectors are established driven by the commitment to improving children’s life, development and wellbeing in communities. Led by local governments, cross-sectoral teams work together to collect data, develop data- and vision-based local strategies and implement measures aligned with the acknowledged needs of children and families in their respective communities.

 

Primokiz pilots in Romania and Slovenia

Since 2018, the ISSA Secretariat together with ISSA Member, Step by Step Center in Romania, in collaboration with UNICEF have been piloting the Primokiz approach in 21 cities under the Romania Grows with You project, funded by the Jacobs Foundation. The pilot ended in December 2022.  

The Slovenia Grows with You initiative, funded by the Jacobs Foundation, began in 2020 and has worked in 8 cities piloting new ways for designing, planning and delivering responsive and demand-driven services for the youngest children and their families through enhanced cooperation and coordination at local and national levels. The pilot intervention ends in June 2023.

 

What is included in the Primokiz methodology?

The Primokiz methodology outlines the main arguments for investing in early childhood services and offers a structured 7-phased process for building local leadership to develop and improve local early childhood services, across sectors, with the contribution of trained Primokiz facilitators.

The methodology provides tools for key steps in the process — the Primokiz Handbook and its annexes, tools for running a situation analysis, for drafting a strategy, for developing an implementation plan, samples of tools used in different countries, etc, as well as expert advice on facilitation of the process.

 

How does Primokiz work? Key steps in the process:

  • Get the political buy-in from local governments for working towards improving the early childhood services in communities
  • Set up local cross-sectoral teams led by the local government
  • Carry out a locally led situation and needs analysis bringing together specialists and practitioners across early childhood sectors, local government representatives, families, and members of the community
  • Based on the needs, decide jointly on short-medium-long term priorities for improving the early childhood services across sectors
  • Develop a cross-sectoral early childhood strategy/action plan (or embed it into the existing local development strategies) reflecting the jointly decided priorities
  • Approve, fund, and implement the action plan that promotes local partnerships and stakeholders’ involvement
  • Monitor the implementation of the plan.

 

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