About the program

Early Intervention for Children is a grant program of Nadace rozvoje občanské společnosti (NROS), funded by the VELUX Foundations. Its aim is to help vulnerable and disadvantaged children up to 18 years of age within the Czech Republic.

The goal of the entire project was to ensure that disabled children and children endangered by socially pathological occurrences have the ability to grow up in a natural environment of a caring family or a foster family – essentially avoiding placement of endangered children into institutional care. Early intervention leads to better ways of helping the children as well as the families in fulfilling this goal. The intent of this program was to extend the availability of services as part of the priority areas, to strengthen the capacity of the service providers in the priority areas as well as to strengthen their expertise, while supporting cooperation across specialized institutions.

Goals of the Early Intervention for Children program

  • To expand the availability of the services in priority areas
  • To strengthen the capacity of service providers in priority areas
  • To support the transfer of experience from abroad to the Czech Republic

Early intervention priority

Target group: children of early childhood (0-7 years) with physical disabilities, caregivers, family members of these children, early intervention services staff members, people at first contact with the parents following the diagnosis of health threats or the child’s disability.

Overall objective of the priority:

  • To increase the number of children and families using these services.
  • To ensure and increase the capacity of the service providers and to increase the quality of the provided services.
  • To ensure and expand the service network to places, where there are the greatest numbers of potential and needy individuals (those who cannot be provided services because of capacity limitation or the general lack of such services) – we expect these to be services for families of children with physical, mental, sensory and combined disabilities.
  • To increase the number of qualified professionals with existing providers such as special educators, social workers, psychologists, therapists and other required professional staff members.
  • To support programs focused on the cooperation with first contact institutions and those that care for vulnerable children – social services department, maternity hospitals, pediatricians, infant care institutions, social care institutions and centers for alternative family care.
  • To ensure the transfer of foreign experience and its application in the Czech Republic.
  • Use innovative methods to inform parents and the public about early intervention providers.

Crisis intervention priority

Target group: Children and teenagers under the age of 18 under risk of abuse, exploitation or some other type of acute adverse situation that requires emergency assistance by a qualified specialist center.

Overall objective of the priority:

  • To increase the number of children receiving professional help and support.
  • To ensure or expand the capacity of outpatient (detached) facilities and residential services of respective crisis centers – ensuring increases in the quality of the provided services.
  • To increase the number of crisis centers and the availability of the specialized facilities, also ensuring greater communication and sufficient coverage of the services in the Czech Republic.
  • To increase the number of qualified professionals at existing crisis centers, including psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists and other necessary professional staff members.
  • To set-up a high-quality and functioning system of cooperation between the institutions involved.
  • To ensure the transfer of foreign experience and applying it in the Czech Republic.
  • Use innovative methods to inform parents and children about the option of using the services provided by crisis centers.

Additional program objectives:

As part of the Early Intervention for Children program and aside from regranting of financial resources for organizations active in both priority areas, NROS has set several other objectives.

Supported organizations will actively cooperate with NROS to meet these objectives. These additional program objectives include:

  • Participation on forming a parent organization concerning crisis assistance services
  • Supporting the parent organization concerning early intervention services
  • Creating a six-month education module for staff members involved in both priority areas.
  • Participation in two early intervention conferences.
  • Translation of foreign literature concerning both priority areas.
  • Increasing the publicity around crisis assistance and early intervention.