Playgroups for Inclusion

The Playgroups for Inclusion project (or in Portuguese, Grupos Aprender, Brincar, Crescer) is experimenting with a response to the needs of children aged four and under who do not attend any type of formal educational service (crèche or nursery) and their families.

Conceived by a network of foundations concerned with children from vulnerable families who have serious difficulty integrating into society, this project undertakes early intervention in order to break the intergenerational transmission of poverty and exclusion.

The project receives EU funding and the partnership, which is headed by the Ministry of Education and Science through the General Directorate for Education, is made up of the Bissaya Barreto Foundation, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Science of the University of Coimbra, the ISCTE (University Institute of Lisbon), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the High Commissioner for Migration.