The international conference on Children’s Rights in Alternative Care, “Walk the Talk” took place on 8 November in Paris. The event was the closing conference of an international project co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by SOS Children’s Villages International. Several countries from the network of SOS Children’s Villages CEE/CIS, a member of ISSA were involved in the project implementation. On behalf of the ISSA Secretariat, Éva Izsák, Membership Officer attended the event.
In 2015, Results for Development Institute (R4D) and ISSA (International Step by Step Association) jointly launched the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI). This global effort supports and empowers those who work with families and young children under eight years of age, and those who supervise and mentor frontline workers.
ISSA’s Program Director Mihaela Ionescu and Program Specialist Dawn Tankersley have contributed to the first book in the new Springer series, Under-three Year Olds in Policy and Practice.
Their chapter, A Quality Framework for Early Childhood Practices in Services for Children Under Three Years of Age: Starting Regionally – Moving Globally, describe both the process of and need for developing such a framework.
The American Institutes for Research's (AIR) recent study Connecting All Children to High-Quality Early Care and Education has looked at European countries, and identifies how Early Childhood Education being considered a 'child's right' impacts positively on the delivery of services.
ISSA members together with UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States and UNICEF Country Offices have worked together to create this database of Parenting Resources in both English and Russian
With a wealth of links to literature, audio video materials and contacts, ISSA is happy to share these resources free to download here.
The materials, in English, are collected into the following titles:
ISSA is delighted to welcome three new members to our network. Over the last couple of month we have successfully processed applications from
Experts and advocates for child’s rights, early childhood development, and Roma inclusion met in Leiden on October 27 to support the growth of REYN-Romani Early Years Network. Building on the network’s experience in providing professional development opportunities to practitioners working with Romani and Traveller children and their families, REYN opened its strategy design for participation to partners outside of the network. In the discussions about the challenges Roma and Travellers are facing in early inclusion, discrimination was top of the agenda.
Representatives of ISSA Member Association 21 July, Dzemila Salkanovic and Francesca Colombo share their reflections what it meant and how it felt to be involved in ISSA Conference 2016.
Over 300 professionals and experts gathered in Vilnius, Lithuania between 11 and 13 October 2016 to discuss future pathways in the field of Early Childhood Development (ECD).