The City of Rijeka is the founder and owner of the institution Dječji vrtić "Rijeka", but it also co-finances the activity of other kindergartens and preschool education programmes in the territory of Rijeka.

In accordance with the Law on preschool education (Official Gazette No: 10/1997107/200794/2013) the activity of preschool education forms an integral part of the education system, which is financed from the budgetary funds of the local and regional self-government units and also through parent participation in the price of the preschool education programmes in which their children are included.