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Annual Conference 2016 - Chisinau, Moldova

Growing together: from grassroots initiatives to national strategies in
early-childhood intervention


Title: Growing together: from grassroots initiatives to national strategies in early-childhood intervention
Date: 21st-22nd April 2016
Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Venue: Radisson Blu Leogrand, 77 Mitropolit Varlaam str.
Conference partners: Alliance of Organisations for People with Disabilities from Moldova (AOPD), EurlyAid, Zero Project, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Unicef Moldova, SOIR Moldova and Inclusion Europe
Social Media: Follow us on Twitter and make your comments and thoughts using #GrowingTogether #earlyintervention #ECI
EASPD contact persons: Adriana Popa and Timothy Ghilain








EASPD will not be able to cover the travel and accomodation costs for the participants.

Travel: There is no need for visa to travel to Moldova. For more information, you can click here.

You can find information about public transportation in Chisinau, by clicking here.

Accomodation:  For a list of hotels close to the conference venue, please click here.


The early childhood period is considered to be the most important developmental phase which determines the well-being, quality of health, learning and social-emotional behaviour across the life span. Extensive research has shown that high quality early childhood intervention (ECI) services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities at large. At the same time, ECI is likely to be more effective and less costly for national governments when it is provided at an earlier stage than later on in the lifetime.

In order to comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, national governments have the obligation to develop and put in place age-appropriate support for children with disabilities to enable their full enjoyment of rights on an equal basis with other children.

Developing quality community-based ECI services requires a variety of elements: policies that support the set-up of sustainable ECI programmes and services at local, regional and national level; well-trained professionals; innovative services and therapies rooted in biomedical and behaviour research; family-focused support, so on and so forth.


By bringing together various stakeholders in the ECI field, such as family organisations, organisations of persons with disabilities, disability service providers, researchers and policy makers at national and international level, the conference will take a critical look at the development of national strategies needed to set up quality community-based ECI services both in Western and Central and Eastern European countries. Furthermore, it will extensively focus on the exchange of know-how and best practices in ECI throughout Europe and beyond.

The overall objectives of the conference are:

  • Mutual learning and transnational exchange between various stakeholders working in ECI;
  • Sharing of innovative methods and models to strengthen the development of sustainable community-based ECI services;
  • Identifying barriers in legislation, training of professionals, funding systems and other challenges hindering the provision of quality support in the ECI field.



A study-visit to a local early childhood intervention centre in Chisinau (Voinicel Early Intervention Centre) will be organised on the 20th April 2016 in the morning. There will only be 20 available places for the visit: priority will be given to the first registered participants.


"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly": 2016 EASPD Project Development Workshop

Is my project proposal GOOD enough? Is there something BAD when implementing a project that should be avoided? Did you encounter something UGLY that made difficult to reach project objectives? The 2016 edition of the EASPD Project Development Workshop, organized with the occasion of EASPD Annual Conference on Early Intervention, will be dedicated to project assessment and evaluation, both at application and implementation stage. The event will offer participants with a practical exercise on how a EU project proposal should and shouldn´t look like and do´s and don’ts on EU project management. In addition, we will take the opportunity to know about EU funding streams for EU neighboring countries.

Join us in Chisinau for this “Far East” project development experience!



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Participants are requested to send in advance and bring copies of the partner profile and project outline forms. For more information about the project development workshop, please contact Carmen Arroyo de Sande.



Discover more about the topics which will be explored during the conference by reading the interviews with the speakers:

Learn more about the topic of early-childhood intervention by exploring the following documents: