Our story

From a friendly meeting between Dasa Machová and Jana Hunáková, the idea to establish a small centre for pre-schoolers blossomed. Based on information available to them, they decided to set up a civil association focused on early intervention services for families with children with disabilities. An early intervention provider in the county of Zlin was born.

The centre started helping parents and their children to deal with all kind of problems. The programs offered by the centre were initially paid for by the parents. Families with children with disabilities showed an increasing interest in this new service. Dasa and Jana wondered how to help them, what else could they offer their numerous clients and how to make the service accessible for families who could not afford to pay for it.

“We questioned the name EDUCO a little. We realized that people would associate it purely with ‘education’.” The final decision was made thanks to a fateful meeting with the traveller Miroslav Zikmund, who found it more than suitable. He had come across this term many times in his life on his far-flung trips. He linked it to the ideas of “guiding, accompanying, and supporting somebody or something.” And they were exactly the key values and core ideas of EDUCO.

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

EDUCO has developed considerably. Passing several important milestones, it is currently a stable non-profit organization and a registered social service provider. Today, EDUCO provides early intervention (care) for 110 families with children with disabilities in the county of Zlin.

Milestones

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2020

Organising the EurlyAid Conference in Prague

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!

I founded The Early Care Centre EDUCO Zlín z.s. (i.e. Registered Association) in 2005. My professional goal is…

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HEAD OF SERVICES

When someone says “EDUCO”, the stories of over 400 children and their families come to my mind. Then…

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HEAD OF FUNDRAISING AND PR

For me, working for EDUCO is a unique combination of values which I consider of paramount importance…

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METHODOLOGY SPECIALIST, EARLY INTERVENTION CONSULTANT

My name is Jana and I have been working as one of EDUCO‘s consultants since 2006. Working for…

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Childcare is difficult, all the more when a child with special needs, a disability or with any complications…

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EARLY INTERVENTION CONSULTANT

I have been meeting children with disabilities and their families for several years on a daily basis. I…

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EARLY INTERVENTION CONSULTANT

I already knew that I wanted to focus on children with disabilities at an early age while I…

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EARLY INTERVENTION CONSULTANT

My name is Gabča. I work as a consultant in early care at EDUCO. I am a mother…

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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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EARLY INTERVENTION CONSULTANT

My name is Monica. I am EDUCO’s new early intervention consultant. After completing elementary school…

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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.