All kindergartens provide at least one meal or one snack, some having their own kitchens and their own cooks, others opting for dedicated catering services.
The private sector is quite expensive, catering to upper and upper-middle-class families.
During the 1990-2003 period, there was very little concern for education in Romania, and the generation who studied in this period is quite poorly trained, with illiteracy being higher than the pervious generation, especially among the Roma population in rural areas.
This law came into force after years of political debate regarding not only the number of years in compulsory education, but also how they should be structured.
The original form of the law, which would have moved the 9th grade to middle school, was never implemented.
Kindergartens offer preschool education for children (usually between ages 3–6) and are optional.