Israel’s Knesset approves bill to create national early childhood council

Published August 1, 2017

Israel’s Knesset last week approved a bill to create a new national council for early childhood. Housed in the Ministry of Education, the 20-strong council will also have members from the ministries of health, labour, finance and internal affairs, and representatives from academia and civil society. It is charged with developing a coordinated national plan for the early childhood sector.

The Coalition for Early Childhood Education, supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation via our partner ANU, was instrumental in marshalling support for this bill. You can read more on the council’s creation in this story in the Jerusalem Post. The coalition is also pressing for a new law on supervision of daycare centres, as detailed (in Hebrew) in this piece on the news website NRG.