Our story

Tým raná péče - EDUCO

How did EDUCO come about?

Based on found available information we decided to establish a civil association focused on early intervention service for families with children with disabilities. An Early intervention provider in the Zlin Region was born.

From the friendly meeting of Dasa Machová and Jana Hunáková blossomed the idea to establish a small centre for preschoolers. The Centre helped parents and their children to deal with all kind of problems. The programs offered by the Centre were paid by the parents. The families with children with disabilities were showing an increasing interest in the new service. Dasa and Jana wondered how to help them, what could they offer and how to make the service accessible to families who could not afford to pay for it.

What does the name EDUCO mean?

We questioned the name “EDUCO” a little. We realized that people would associate it with the interpretation of ‘education’. The final decision was made thanks to a fateful meeting with the traveller Miroslav Zikmund, who found it more than suitable. He came across this term many times in his life on his trips to rempote parts of the world. He linked it to the ideas of “guiding, accompanying, supporting of somebody or something.” And that is the core idea of EDUCO.

The target group of EDUCO was clear from the beginning and has not changed until today. We provide assistance to families with children from birth to 7 years with challenging mental, physical or combined condition, autism, or to children born prematurely.

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What is EDUCO today?

EDUCO has developed considerably. Passing several important milestones it is a stable non-profit organization and a registered social service provider today. Currently EDUCO provides early intervention (care) to 120 families with children with disabilities in Zlin Region. Counsellors at EDUCO are still educated on courses and interships not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. They pass on their knowledge in the form of accredited courses, workshops and conferences to other professionals in social services, education and health care. Thanks to its open approach, EDUCO has become a leader in supporting families with children with disabilities in the Czech Republic.

As EDUCO’s Director Dagmar Machová says: “We can study many professional books and make countless trips abroad. But we always return to the original idea that the greatest experts on a child are his/her parents.”

Milestones

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2022

Internationl Conference On the same boat

2021

First accredited course Program Portage

2019

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Foundation

2017

Developing the method “Team Around the Child” (TOD)

2016

Moving into new premises

2014

Reaching 100 client families

2011

Receiving the Erste Foundation Award for Achievement in Social Integration

2009

Receiving the Guarantee Association of Workers in Early Intervention

2008

Implementing the Basal stimulation workplace

2007

Registering with Social Services, 63 families

2005

The founding of the Centre for Early Care EDUCO Zlín z.s.

Past Events

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Team EDUCO

Read the personal stories of our team members and get to know us better!

Dáša Machová - EDUCO

I founded Early Intervention Centre EDUCO Zlín z.s. (i.e. Registered Association) in 2005. My career goal is to…

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OFFICE MANAGER

I am a new member of the team…

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR PROCESS MANAGEMENT AND FUNDRAISING

At EDUCO, I encounter openness, depth and diversity in my work. I am pleased to work in an…

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Zuzka Cyroňová - EDUCO

FUNDRAISER, PR

My dream job has always been a meaningful one.

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Andrea Taťák, raná péče - EDUCO

EARLY CARE SUPERVISOR

EDUCO has been a part of my life since I was 15, when I volunteered for it and…

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Jana Čelůstková, metodik rané péče - EDUCO

METHODOLOGY SPECIALIST

My name is Jana and I work as one of EDUCO early interventionists since 2006. I have a…

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Dáša Melková - EDUCO

ASSISTANT FOR SERVICE APPLICANTS, COORDINATOR OF TAC

I got acquainted with the EDUCO Centre in its first years of operation and I like to call…

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EARLY INTERVENTION CONSULTANT

In my opinion, it is important that mutual contact enriches both, the client and the worker while working…

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EARLY INTERVENTION CONSULTANT

For me, being an early care counsellor means providing professional help and support to families in a challenging…

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Zuzana Matulová, pomoc rodinám - EDUCO

EARLY INTERVENTION ADVISOR

My first helping profession was right after high school when I started to work as a social care…

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Michaela Dokulilová - poradkyně EDUCO

PORADCE RANÉ PÉČE

From my point of view, being an early care assistant

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EARLY INTERVENTION CONSULTANT

I consider my job – early intervention consultant- to be extremely varied, interesting and inspiring. I collaborate with…

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Guidelines

In our early intervention services we apply the following principles:

Individual approach to clients – we respect your individual needs

We always follow the principles of partnership in our approach to you.

Privacy of our clients – during our visits at your home we make sure not to disrupt your privacy.

The counselors only enter into places which you invited them to do so. All your data and information are only provided to third parties with your consent. The documentation of every client is confidential.

Team approach to clients and partnerships – you are always an equal member of the team. We respect your rights, dignity and your freedom to decide.

Our services offer you a great opportunity to connect all the professionals who are taking care of you and your child (e.g. Psychologist, speech therapist, physiotherapist, …) – those who work to promote your child’s development in areas which are at risk.

Guiding the clients to independence – we support your skills and abilities. We encourage you to use your own resources and skills to cope with your challenges.

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