Preschool education in the Republic of Croatia encompasses education and care of the children of preschool age, realized though educational, health care, nourishment and social care programs for children from six months of age until school age.
Eight-year elementary education in the Republic of Croatia is compulsory and free for all children between the ages of six and fifteen.
Following elementary education, secondary education enables everyone, under equal terms and according to one’s capabilities, to acquire knowledge and skills required for work or continuation of education.
Quality higher education is a precondition for a successful society. Therefore, one of the main tasks of the Ministry of Science and Education is care for the creation of an intellectual nucleus which would implement this important task with the assistance of Croatian universities, two-year and four-year colleges.