Putting the Early Childhood Inclusion of Romani children in the policy spotlight

Roma empowerment and support for early childhood inclusion were the core topics during the roundtable meeting in Brussels hosted by ISSA and Bernard van Leer Foundation. The event brought together implementing organizations, leading European foundations and representatives of the European Commission concerned with Roma inclusion and was aimed at discussing policy recommendations for EU institutions, donors and governments to better support the inclusion of young Romani children and their families.

New Early Childhood Workforce Initiative launches its website

A new global initiative co-hosted by ISSA and Results for Development Institute (R4D) is now online. Both organisations are very happy to share this new online platform which promotes knowledge and information on the Early Childhood workforce. The website is meant for those who work for and with professionals and children under eight years old and their families and aims to be used as:  

The new Lancet series on Early Child Development at ISSA’s Annual Conference

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for universal access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education as well as healthy lives and the promotion of wellbeing for all at all ages.

Renowned for its commitment to applying scientific knowledge to improve health and advance human progress, The Lancet is acknowledging this historic moment when ECD is being prominently included in the global development agenda by launching a special series.

ISSA Seeks Communications Officer

The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) is a vibrant network that connects professionals and non-profit organizations working in the field of early childhood development. Established in the Netherlands in 1999, ISSA’s community today stretches across the globe with approximately 70 member organizations coming from 40 countries, primarily located in Europe and Central Asia.

If you don’t find good teachers, make them

Recently covers of The Economist magazine have been typically powerful. Brexit, US presidential candidates, China’s leader, the war in Syria, Europe’s threat from terrorism, North Korea’s nuclear program, freedom of speech and… how to make a good teacher, to name just a few. The issue published on 11th June 2016 present a child’s drawing of a chemistry teacher; it was really intriguing image among the beautiful and highly-designed covers typical for one of the world’s best-selling magazines.

Creating Learning Opportunities for Young Refugee Children

Over the past few years, ISSA has partnered with the UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS to improve learning and nurturing opportunities for vulnerable young children. ISSA's latest partnership focuses on children of refugee and migrant families in several transit and destination countries.  It is in Germany where UNICEF, after entering a partnership with the Ministry for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth (BMFSF), is receiving technical support from ISSA.