Rocinha, let’s talk about young children. CIESPI at PUC-Rio organizes a series of community meetings about issues in early childhood

Did you know that the first years of a child’s life are fundamental for their development?  In this period, they need a good deal of attention and care. 

Knowing this, CIESPI has invited parents, and adults responsible for children, residents and professionals in Rocinha, our reference community in Rio de Janeiro, to participate in four meetings to strengthen the dialogue among local actors who work with young children. 

We invited representatives of early childhood education centers, the Family Clinic, the Child and Adolescent Psycho-Social Care Center, the Guardianship Council, the Reference Center for Social Assistance, collectives, social and cultural projects, associations and others to the meetings. The invitation was “why don’t we think together and create proposals to improve the quality of life for young children in Rocinha?”

The dates of the meetings which will be held in the Sports Complex of Rocinha are May 22, June 19, July 17, and August 21 2023 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We have a space for children to play in and a snack will be served from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Those interested in participating should sign up by clicking here. It is also possible to sign up through WhatsApp (21 98266 7045-Leandro Castro) or through email at


About CIESPI at PUC-Rio

CIESPI, the International Center for Research and Policy about Children, is a children’s research and reference center that operates in association with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. It has been active for more than 35 years including in Rocinha and other localities producing research and social projects about children, adolescents and young people, their families and communities.

Since 2020 it has participated in the project Participatory and Inclusive Early Childhood: Increasing the Opportunities for the Education of Young Children in Contexts of Vulnerability.  This five-nation project is organized by the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland with the support of the UK Global Challenges Research Fund to produce studies and activities that benefit children and their families and the professionals that work with them in communities such as Rocinha.