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Law on Public Policies for Early Childhood


This law establishes public policies for early childhood and amends Law No. 8.069 of July 13, 1990 (Child and Adolescent Statute [Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente]), Decree-Law No. 3.689 of October 3, 1941 (Code of Criminal Procedure [Código de Processo Penal]), the Consolidation of Labor Laws [Consolidação das Leis Trabalhistas (CLT)], approved by Decree-Law No. 5.452 of May 1, 1943, Law No. 11.770 of September 9, 2008 and Law No. 12.662 of June 5, 2012.


This law establishes principles and guidelines for formulating and implementing comprehensive public policies for early childhood. Then, it considers the specificity and relevance of the early years in child and human development.

For this purpose, the law acknowledges that:

  • The development of public policies for early childhood will prioritize nutrition and health issues, among others (article 5);
  • The adoption of measures to prevent early  childhood exposure to marketing is a priority (article 5);
  • Programs aimed at supporting families will prioritize health and nutrition issues, among others (article 14).