ISSA welcomes 15 new members

  • The association is proud to receive a large number of new full and affiliate members from different European countries, including Belgium, France, Greece and The Netherlands, thus expanding its presence in Western Europe.

Since the association opened its doors to new members last year, non-profit organizations and research or training centers focusing on early childhood development from all over Europe have applied for membership.

ISSA turns 15!

  • Fifteen years ago, in March 1999, ISSA was founded in The Netherlands and registered as an international membership association focused on Early Childhood Development.

Following the decision taken by the network of Step by Step NGOs during an inaugural Council Meeting in the autumn of 1998 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in March 1999 ISSA was registered in The Netherlands with support from the Open Society Foundations.

ISSA proudly releases its Annual Report 2013

  • The development of the Romani Early Years Network; the launch of the Early Years Regional Alliance and ISSA’s consolidation as an umbrella for early childhood development across Europe and Central Asia through the admission of more members, among the most relevant achievements of the year.
  • ISSA has also stepped into the area of early childhood education and care services for children from zero to three years old, a big and promising challenge.

New report on early childhood education and care services for the youngest children

  • Most of the services for this age group in CEE/CIS lack infrastructure and national coverage
  • The survey comprises the majority of the Central Eastern European countries and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), with responses from ISSA members in those countries

Case study on ISSA’s teacher training featured in a new report from the European Commission

  • ISSA’s and OSF’s approach to training and pedagogy, featured as a good example of practical research.
  • The adoption of more democratic processes in early childhood education, highlighted as a priority and a successful practice in ISSA’s approach.