The project “Early Childhood in Maré: access to rights and care practices” seeks to create ways and conditions to expand the rights of children from 0 to 6 years old and to identify, know and strengthen care practices, involving families and the community of Maré. The construction of a diagnosis of early childhood in Maré and the support to families are the main objectives of the initiative. The idea is to understand the violations of rights and find ways to ensure the access to them with quality.


Why is early childhood so important?

A primeira infância (de 0 a 6 anos) é muito importante na formação da pessoa, onde o ambiente e tudo que acontece ao seu redor influencia na sua formação.

São nos primeiros anos de vida que a criança aprende a falar, se relacionar, comer e fazer escolhas, experimentando o mundo que se mostra para ela e reproduzindo comportamentos que aprende pelos exemplos do ambiente.




1. Research to build a diagnosis of early childhood in Maré

We are doing a survey in the territory to understand the reality of families that have children aged 0 to 6 years old, and how they access essential services for their development. We´ll collect quantitative and qualitative data from the field research, which will interview approximately 2,600 families with children in early childhood in Maré. The data will also be analyzed combined with quantitative information from the Health, Education and Social Assistance Secretariats and qualitative interviews with representatives of these bodies.


2. Continuous training of the institution's employees and partners

Introduction to the topic of early childhood, debates and in-depth analysis of the collected data.


3. Political impact

  • Debates with public authorities about the knowledge produced with public policies in mind.
  • Meetings with institutions such as the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Public Defender's Office and the Childhood Court.
  • Consolidation of data and information that can serve as inputs for the possible elaboration of public policy actions and programs.


4. Monitoring of 50 families

Coronavirus', we will select 50 families with children in early childhood and in extreme social vulnerability, so that they are monitored throughout the project by a psychosocial team, in addition to assisting demands for food and nutritional security of these families. We will also offer monthly workshops on early childhood care, nutrition and other related topics for this group.
We present a complete project that involves the production of knowledge, impact on public policies and the reception and monitoring of families with children from 0 to 6 years old. The results of the actions will be published throughout the year on this website and on our social networks. Other materials for the synthesis of data and exposition of learning are also foreseen, such as newsletters and videos showing our actions.


A Early childhood is the period of the first six years of human life. During this phase, stimuli and experiences determine children's cognitive potential. Studies show that, in the first few years, we developed most of our neural connections, being the time of greatest possibility for training skills. In addition, physical structures and social skills are also developed. Thus, it is essential that we fight for public policies that guarantee the full development of our children. We cannot allow them to limit the potential of those born in slums and peripheries!


Every child has the right to have documents and to be called by name since birth, to be vaccinated and to be accompanied by a health unit, as recommended by the Ministry of Health (MS), and to have the company of those responsible, full time, during hospitalization. Every child has the right to live in an affectionate and non-violent environment, to play and learn. Every child has the right to clean water and healthy food, quality health and social care services, quality day care centers and public schools, located close to their home, leisure and sports, among others.



 ‘Early Childhood in Maré’ have consultancy from Conhecimento Social institution, which provides Assessment and Monitoring consultancy in all stages of the project. Since the beginning, we have received guidance from Professor Doctor at USP Ilana Katz, specialist in the subject


Executive Coordination: Tábata Lugão

Researcher: Adelaide Rezende

Psychologis: Laíza Sardinha

Social Worker: Vanessa de Paula

Social Work Internl: Handy Rosa

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