What we do

ISSA promotes inclusive, quality care and education experiences that create the conditions for every child to be happy and reach his or her full potential. The organisation does this through three different pillars of action: ensuring equal access for all children; promoting high-quality and professionalism in early years services and supporting parents and communities to take part in their children’s development and learning. The programs and activities implemented focus on:

  1. Raising awareness of the importance of quality care and education, through informing the general public and influencing policies.
  2. Developing resources for practitioners working with young children.
  3. Nurturing the capacity of organizations in the network.
  4. Piloting and evaluating programs.
  5. Strengthening alliances.  

As part of its advocacy mission and on behalf of all its members, ISSA endorses global initiatives and other international appeals aiming to prioritize quality early childhood development in the political agendas of countries. We are also partners of several alliances built to promote children’ development, protection and well-being across Europe and beyond.  

ISSA endorses:

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

Early Years Regional Alliance

Global early years petition

EU Alliance for Investing in Children

UN appeal to prioritize Early Childhood Development, based on the document "Early Childhood Development: The Foundation of Sustainable Human Development for 2015 and beyond”

Global initiative to end all corporal punishment of children

Joint letter to the European Council on children's rights in future EU Home Affairs strategic guidelines.