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City Hall Embraces Early Childhood Development: Reaching an Underserved Population in Tel Aviv, 2016–2019

Author(s): Gordon LaForge

Language: English

Tel Aviv is a city of young families: in 2018, more than a third of residents were aged 18 to 35, and 6.3% were aged 3 or under – well above the average for the developed world. Yet until recently the municipality took little interest in its youngest residents. After the high cost and low quality of daycare caused growing consternation among parents, a 2015 study by Bloomberg Innovation Team attracted the attention of the city’s Mayor. This created the political opening for Urban95 to dramatically raise infants, toddlers and caregivers up the municipal agenda.


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