Early Childhood Interventions Programme in Austria

Since 2015, regional networks for early childhood interventions (so-called "Frühe-Hilfen-Netzwerke") have been widespread in Austria. The roll-out was completed in autumn 2023 and regional networks are now available in all Austrian districts. Implementation is based on the Austrian model for early childhood interventions (so-called "Frühe Hilfen") developed by the Austrian National Public Health Institute (GÖG) based on international findings and systematic analysis of practical experience.

The main objective of the Austrian model is to reach and support families in need (due to stressful living conditions or circumstances) during pregnancy or in the first three years of a child. “Frühe Hilfen” follows a multi-professional as well as multi-sectoral approach (investing in networking esp. with services from the health and social sector) to support families in raising healthy children. The programme is voluntary and ensures access of families through direct contact and through professionals, such as health and social workers, who can identify and refer them.

Some of the information and publications of the Austrian National Centre for Early Childhood Intervention are also available in English and can be downloaded here.