Bulgaria has a well-established system for child care, with nearly 83 percent of Bulgarian children going to kindergarten. Expanding this service to include the excluded 17 percent of kids, however, will make a real difference both for the prospects of those for those children and for the prosperity of the country.
This was the main message delivered by Tony Thompson, World Bank Country Manager for Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, at a roundtable discussion held at the Bulgarian Parliament March 24, 2016.
The event, which was organized by the Parliamentary Health Committee, the Bulgarian Red Cross, the Bulgarian Pediatric Association and UNICEF, brought together some 60 national stakeholders, policy makers, and international partners. The Deputy Ministers of Labor and Social policy and Healthcare, as well as the Mayor of Sofia, also attended the event, during which the World Bank was invited to deliver a presentation - as an institution that has an immense body of research and vast experience in Bulgaria in the area of early childhood development.