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The EPIC website has been integrated into the main website of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. The main landing page of the new website can be accessed under the following URL:

The website has been moved from its initial standalone URL to this space in order to place the content more in the context of the work of the European Commission around social investment and the Social Investment Package as the main policy response to the economic crisis and demographic changes.

The content, sections and structure of the EPIC website remain the same, but were graphically adjusted in order to fit in with the overall design of the new space. Have a look at new content in the Practices that Work section, news items and the EPIC country profiles.

New briefs on topical child policy issues
Early childhood education and care

Researchers associated with European Platform for Investing in Children have authored a number of policy briefs relating to family and child well-being. The topics covered include the impact of the financial crisis on childcare, children with special educational needs, and parental leave arrangements, among others. The briefs are all available as a PDF download on the EPIC website.

Quality and impact of Centre-based Early Childhood Education and Care
This policy brief discusses the understanding and impact of quality in childcare provision in the European Union (EU). It looks at the dynamics of how quality is understood and measured, and the landscape of certain quality indicators across EU Member States.

Education of migrant children: Education policy responses for the
inclusion of migrant children in Europe

This policy brief investigates policies relevant to the education of migrant children across the EU. It also discusses the challenges facing children with a migrant background, and the individual and societal benefits to addressing such challenges. It outlines the main challenges facing migrant children in schools across Europe, and the existing policy options that aim to redress the disparities in educational outcomes between native children and children with a migrant background.

The Role of the European Social Fund in Supporting Childcare
Provision in the European Union

This policy brief discusses the role that the European Social Fund (ESF) plays in supporting childcare provision in the European Union (EU). Specifically, this brief looks at some of the Operational Programmes from the current funding cycle (2014–2020) which incorporate an element of childcare into their plans. In addition, this policy brief categorises and compiles different examples of ESF funded projects from across the EU, which relate to childcare, from the previous 2007–2013 funding cycle, with the aim of encouraging new applicants to access the ESF.

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and its long-term effects
on educational and labour market outcomes

This brief discusses reasons for between country differences in ECEC participation, and how this relates to between country differences in outcomes related to ECEC participation. Differences in ECEC implementation among European countries can be described in terms of the number of hours that are offered, the age at which entitlement starts, the type of ECEC care in different European countries, and the costs for parents. It describes various outcomes of ECEC (educational and labour market outcomes, long-term economic and social-economic outcomes) and how these outcomes are related to policy choices in the implementation of ECEC.

Unaccompanied minors
Protecting the rights of unaccompanied minors within the European Union
In 2015, approximately 30% of the 1.2 million people that applied for asylum in the EU were children. Out of these, 88,300 were unaccompanied, according to Eurostat. Over 90% of them were boys, nearly 90% between 14 and 17 years old and over half of the unaccompanied minors were coming from Afghanistan. People in Europe have been shaken by some of their stories of the past they left behind and their journey to Europe. But even when they arrive here, unaccompanied migrants are still facing major obstacles and challenges.

Check out the EPIC country profiles
The country profiles available on the European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) provide an up to date overview of current policies for children and their families for each European Union (EU) Member State. The profiles outline national socio-economic developments and challenges for children and their families and respective policy responses. The profiles provide a very accessible and up to date description of national developments (the profiles are also available in German and French). They are also structured along the three policy pillars of the European Commission Recommendation ‘Investing in Children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’.


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The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) wants to provide information about all policies that can help children and their families face up to the unprecedented challenges that exist in the current economic climate in Europe. This is an occasional electronic newsletter intended for anyone with an interest in the information provided by EPIC.