“The First 7”: Conference on Early Childhood Development Policies
June 5, 2014The Hillton Hotel, 1 Bulgaria Blvd, Sofia

A positive start in life helps every child develop to its fullest and is critical for the advancement of the whole society. Traditionally, Bulgaria has well developed policies and measures aiming to ensure the wellbeing of young children and their families. The increasing inequalities in the Bulgarian society, as well as the difficulties faced by many families today in raising their young children, however, pose serious challenges in ensuring the best start in life for every child. “The First 7” aims at reviewing the latest scientific data on early childhood development, and underscoring the need to improve coordination in developing policies, and providing services among the healthcare, education, and social protection systems in order to guarantee a good start in life for every child in Bulgaria.


UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


The World Bank is the world’s largest external financier of education projects. Over the past 50 years, the Bank has invested over USD 70 billion globally in education, 40% of which since 2000, via more than 1,500 projects. As of January 2013, the Bank manages a portfolio of education projects totaling USD 9 billion in 71 countries. The World Bank’s Education Sector Strategy 2020, launched in 2011 lays out a ten-year agenda focused on the Bank’s highest priority in education today, improving learning for all students,  through three guiding principles: Invest early, invest smartly, and invest for all.


Jacklin Tzocheva, Communications Officer, UNICEF Bulgaria
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Ivelina Taushanova, Communications Officer, World Bank Bulgaria,
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  • Daniela Bobeva

    Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria in charge of Economic Development
  • Tanja Radocaj

    UNICEF Representative for Bulgaria
  • Markus Repnik

    World Bank Country Manager for Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Mukaddes Nalbant

    Deputy Minister of Education and Science
  • Chavdar Slavov

    Deputy Minister of Health
  • Lazar Lazarov

    Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy
  • Eva Jecheva

    Chairperson of the State Agency for Child Protection
  • Veronica Silva

    Senior Social Protection Specialist, World Bank
  • Experts from the academia and NGO sector