Date: 06-11-2014

ISSA welcomes two new members

Tags: children
  • 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: Gowrie South Australia – Based in South Australia, throughout its more than 70 years of experience, Gowrie SA is a community based organisation leading the development of innovative and responsive services for children and families, building leadership capacity in the wider community. The organization runs children’s programs, community development and professional learning programs. For more information visit SOS Kinderdorf International Coordinating Center in Estonia – Based in Estonia, the branch office of SOS Children's Villages International for the CEE/CIS region works with its national members to help improve the lives and opportunities of the world's most vulnerable children. They provide long-term, family-based care for children who have lost parental care, or who are at risk of losing it, supporting and strengthening families and communities to help prevent child abandonment. For more information, visit With the newcomers, ISSA now has 58 members, a large network through which the organisations can exchange, learn and progress in the field of Early Childhood Development at European and international level, working together towards a real change for all children. 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 its more than 50 members primarily located in Europe and Central Asia. Building upon the Step by Step Program initiated by the Open Society Foundations in 1994, ISSA aims to ensure equal access to quality care and education for all young children from birth to 10 years old. This mission is implemented through three main pillars of action: equal access for all children; promoting high-quality and professionalism in early years services and empowering parents and communities to be part of the children’s development and learning. For more information on ISSA’s new members, check the organisation’s map by clicking here.