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On 1st December, EASPD will host the EMBRACE project’s final conference in Brussels!

The event, which will be hybrid, is a unique opportunity to gain insights into the life changing impact of inclusive ECEC for children.

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EMBRACE – Fostering inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in early childhood education and care  

The Erasmus+ project EMBRACE – which aims to foster the inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in Early Childhood Education and Care settings – is coming to a close. You can find out more about the project here!  

On 1st December, EASPD is hosting the EMBRACE project final conference! 

During the conference, our project partners will present the four project results aimed at enhancing the quality of Early Childhood Education and Care, which include tools designed to promote the inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities. Furthermore, the conference will feature a discussion on EU policies and the challenges associated with achieving inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), led by Géraldine Libreau, the leader of the Thematic Working Group on Early Childhood Education and Care within the EU Commission's DG EAC. 

The event, which will be hybrid, is a unique opportunity to gain insights into the life changing impact of inclusive ECEC for children, explore practical tools for its implementation, and engage in thoughtful discussions on overcoming the current challenges to deliver high-quality, inclusive ECEC.  

In-person attendance 

For those who wish to attend the conference in person, you can register via this link!  

Registrations will close on 17th November at 23:59 CEST.  

Online attendance 

If attending in person isn't feasible for you or if you prefer remote participation, we have you covered! You can register here for online access. After successful registration, a confirmation email will be sent to you, containing all the information you need to join the webinar. 

About the project:

The EMBRACE project’s objective is to raise awareness around these issues, to equip ECEC staff and leaders with the needed tools and knowledge to foster a culture of inclusion, and to develop inclusive values and attitudes among ECEC educators.  

The main project activities include:  

  • A transnational report that offers in-depth insights on the state of play in each of the participating countries regarding the opportunities for initial and continued education of ECEC staff on topics concerning inclusive ECEC of children with intellectual disabilities. 

  • An e-learning course that encompasses the design, development and piloting of an eLearning course for ECEC staff.  

  • A handbook on Fostering a Culture of Inclusion.  

  • An awareness raising toolkit.  



14:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 14:45


Mr Lefevre, President of the PG DIS

EASPD Secretary General

14:45 – 15:00

Embrace project: key objectives and actions, Teatr Grodzki (TBC)

15:00 – 16:00

EU State of play and challenges for the inclusion of children with disability in ECEC

Framework for ECEC in the EU, Géraldine Libreau,  Policy Officer, Schools and multilingualism, DG EAC, European Commission. Inclusive practices for working with families.

What challenges for inclusive ECEC? Key results from the Embrace transnational report, KMOP (TBC)

Testimonies from the staff involved

16:00 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 17:15

The project results and the way forward

Positive approach to inclusive education on the basis of pilots, Małgorzata Kostuchowska, Teatr Grodzki (TBC)

E-learning course, contents and piloting experience in Greece, KMOP (TBC)

Awareness-raising toolkit, contents and testing, Emphasys (TBC)

How to make the best out of this, scaling up the results at European level, EASPD

17:15 – 17:30