Free online course on resilience in children

ISSA members may be interested in this free of charge online study opportunity related to resilience in children offered on Coursera.  Many professionals concerned with child resilience from around the world participated in 2014 (from more than 175 countries), when the course was offered for the first. The forum discussions in the in this online course were fascinating and thought-provoking. 

DECET conference: No Quality without Equality

The call for papers for the international DECET conference in collaboration with Newman University has been released. 

The conference will take place in Birmingham, UK, from Wednesday, 3rd to Friday 5th June, 2015. The conference theme addresses the ongoing debate about ‘quality’ in early childhood from a  perspective of diversity, equality and social justice: No Quality without Equality. Louise Derman-Sparks, Anti-Bias activist and scholar, USA, Deepa Grover, UNICEF, Geneva and Peter Thatchell, Human Rights Activist, UK are the confirmed keynote speakers of the conference.

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.