The Colombian government is revamping its early childcare policy to improve the support it gives to children under the age of 5, the presidential website reported Monday.
The new policy centers around a commitment to increase five-fold the number of children under 5 years receiving social and health based support from the government.
As President Juan Manuel Santos explained, “this will involve significant social investment … we are certain that such investment so early in the childrens’ lives will ultimately have a very positive impact on our society”.
He explained that the policy will offer support on a number of different levels, including antenatal care, the monitoring of childrens’ growth and physical development, and their vaccinations.
The initiative will be part of the $50 million to be invested in education that Santos announced last week during an interview with the television program “Urna de Crystal” (The Glass Urn).