ISSA welcomes two new members

  • Two more members – an organisation from Australia and an international organisation – have just joined the network, contributing to expanding ISSA’s presence in Europe and worldwide.

After the incorporation of five new members a few months ago, ISSA is proud to welcome two more non-profit organisations focused on early childhood development. ISSA’s Board has recently approved the following applications:

International Conference to focus on transforming the future of Early Childhood Development

  • The event marks the 15th anniversary of the International Step by Step Association

Hundreds of experts will gather in Budapest between 10-12 October, 2014 to discuss new ways forward in supporting children around the world reach their full potential. The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) is organizing the conference.  

To all teachers: thank you for your great efforts in providing quality education to the youngest children

  • Today throughout the world we celebrate Teachers’ Day and we honor those who make a change in the lives of children.
  • Throughout 2013, more than 30.000 teachers from Europe and Central Asia have benefited from trainings organized by ISSA members.


International Consultation on Measuring and Improving Quality in Early Childhood Environments

  • From today until Friday, more than 35 participants from all over the world will meet in the Child Rights Home, in Leiden to discuss quality in early childhood environments.
  • The meeting is hosted by ISSA, in partnership with the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, UNICEF and UNESCO.

NGO’s from different European countries will come together in an international conference on intergenerational learning

  • ISSA’s member ICDI, hosts the final TOY International Conference on intergenerational learning that will take place on the 28th October in Leiden
  • Other three ISSA members, VBJK (Belgium), Comenius Foundation (Poland) and the Educational Research Institute (Slovenia), are engaged in this project launched in 2012

New training for 300 preschool teachers and experts in Moldova

  • The Step by Step organisation in Moldova organized a nine-day training delivered in three rounds (Module I in February, Module II in April, and Module III in August) with the aim to contribute to the reform of preschool education in the country, based on a child-centered paradigm.

ISSA hosts two meetings of the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development

  • From today until Friday July 25th agencies and regional networks from different parts of the world working in early childhood care and development will meet in Leiden under the umbrella of this inter-agency consortium.


Several ISSA members release a new manual for intergenerational learning

  • The Dutch NGO ICDI, together with three other ISSA members, VBJK (Belgium), Comenius Foundation (Poland) and the Educational Research Institute (Slovenia) has published a new toolkit to help implement learning workshops involving children (birth to 8 years) and older people.

ISSA endorses a UN appeal to prioritize early childhood development

  • The document "Early Childhood Development: The Foundation of Sustainable Human Development for 2015 and beyond” was presented at a side event during the 11th session of the UN’s Open Working Group.
  • It is time to help policy and decision-makers understand the importance of Early Childhood Development to global development.