In the last decade, there has been a rise of 34% in children participating in supervised frameworks, though over the years there remain large gaps between different population groups in Israel and primarily between Arab children and the rest of the population. In light of this, Taub Center researcher focused on the participation of children from Arab society in supervised ECEC frameworks. Among its findings: Despite the fact that 58% of Arab children live in families that are poor, in 2019, only 18% of Arab children ages birth to three participated in subsidized, supervised ECEC frameworks – an especially low share relative to children in the Haredi and Jewish non-Haredi sectors (39% and 26%, respectively). In addition, a great number of those children in supervised ECEC frameworks in the Arab population are placed through the Law for Young Children At-Risk – about 45% in Arab authorities versus 11% in Jewish non-Haredi authorities and 8% in Haredi authorities.
The research was generously supported by the Beracha Foundation, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, and Yad Hanadiv.