Is official data available on the enrolment of children with disabilities in preschool and kindergarten?
In many countries there seems to be a lack of data about children with disabilities since they are not registered at birth. If no such registration and identification mechanisms are in place it will be very difficult to implement early intervention programs. In order to enhance measures for early detection of, and intervention for, children with disabilities it would be valuable to know whether such data exists. In some countries the preschool and kindergarten education might not be a national responsibility but rather regional, therefore please also indicate in case official data exists, but only on regional level.
Collecting data on the enrollment of children with disabilities in kindergarten does not seem to be common practice. 52 percent of respondents stated that such data is not being collected and not available in their respective countries. There seems to be some kind of data available in many countries – 37 percent answered yes with qualifications, in some countries the data does not include all schools: “There is a collection of data, but private schools are not always included” (Italy) or is not collected on a regular basis, therefore the available data is outdated: “There is no recent data on this statistics, the last statistics were published in 2006” (New Zealand). Another issue raised was that data is available but not publicly accessible (Antigua And Barbuda, Albania) therefore difficult to use those for early intervention programs etc.