Prof. John Gal, Chair of the Taub Center Welfare Policy Program, and researcher Shavit Madhala presented their study before the Knesset Committee on Children’s Rights this month. The discussion focused on conditions related to the education and care of young children in the Arab sector. Gal and Madhala discussed the causes of the major differences in rates of participation in supervised educational frameworks between Jewish and Arab children. A number of factors can at least partially explain the low participation rate of young children in the Arab sector: the financial burden of tuition, a shortage of supervised daycare facilities, the structure of eligibility requirements, transportation issues, and bureaucratic difficulties.
The population that is most in need is the one that uses the early childhood education and care frameworks the least - Shavit Madhala