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SERVICE UPDATE - Website Upgrade, Early Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd.

Dear Visitor,

Due to a system upgrade, the ISSA website may not be (fully) available coming Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of June from 08.00 to 09.00 hrs CET.

PEER LEARNING ACTIVITY - 'Green Play & Learning' by SARDES

Early childhood is also an optimal time to develop life-long ecological values and habits, as well as facilitating a loving connection with nature.   

NEWS - June is UK Romani History Month
Celebrating the Romani culture: Activities in (pre)school classrooms all over the United Kingdom
NEW (Free) RESOURCE - How to build a Play Space? 'Toy for Inclusion' will show you.

 This week, ‘TOY for Inclusion' Toolkit provided a helpful reader for all child care professionals to set-up and run play spaces for children, families and communities.

Current Initiatives

The Romani Early Years Network

The Romani Early Years Network (REYN) is a Europe-wide advocacy network of practitioners working with Romani and Traveller young children and their families. REYN strives for equal access to high-quality early childhood development (ECD) services for Romani and Traveller children and families.

The network also advocates for more diversity in the ECD workforce, including a better representation of Romani and Traveller professionals. REYN shares knowledge, promotes noteworthy practices and works with REYN members and national networks to achieve quality and equitable early childhood services.

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ISSA is supporting children’s holistic development through integrated early childhood services. High-quality early childhood services can make a remarkable difference, especially for the most disadvantaged groups. Inequalities within the early childhood systems in Europe have a strong negative impact on the most vulnerable children.

By strengthening the cooperation between sectors and professionals, INTESYS aims to reduce the disparities in learning outcomes for migrant children, Roma children, children with special needs and children living in poverty.

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Embracing Diversity

ISSA provides a wealth of resources and specialized training for groups to take the first steps toward engaging in positive conversations about diversity, social justice, inclusion and equity.

The goal of ISSA’s work in Embracing Diversity is to empower adults working with diverse groups to recognize their own attitudes, beliefs and behaviors in relation to marginalized groups; to raise their awareness and knowledge about issues of discrimination and exclusion; and to help them take responsibility and build the capacity for change on personal, professional and institutional levels.

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Home Visiting

Supporting the families of young children before birth and during the child’s first years of life is of great importance and can have long-term benefits for children, communities and societies. Home-visiting programs in particular have been found to increase parental wellbeing and efficacy, as well as child outcomes.

ISSA and UNICEF ECARO (Europe and Central Asia Regional Office) have collaborated to develop the Resource Package for Home Visitors which draws on the most recent scientific evidence. The training modules in the package are designed to advance the knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices of home visitors and to enrich their engagement with the families of young children. The ISSA programs team also offers training on these modules.

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The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative

Despite the increase in access to early childhood development (ECD) services in many parts of the world, little is known about the quality of ECD programs. Those who work with young children and their families are a critical part of quality in early childhood experiences. The ECWI focuses on supporting and empowering those who work with children under age eight and their families, as well as those who supervise and mentor practitioners.

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI) is a global knowledge hub, support system and a proponent for the early childhood workforce. Through this initiative, ISSA helps bridge the gaps in policy and practice and promote high-quality, equitable services.

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Children on the move

Infants and young children represent a high proportion of refugees and migrants who had to leave their homes and countries in the last years. Because young children are the most vulnerable group, a response cannot be delayed without placing their lifelong development and achievement at risk.

ISSA develops tailor-made early childhood interventions that ensure that early learning and play activities or programs are provided for young children (birth to 6 years of age) in safe, although sometimes transitional, environments. ISSA’s efforts are towards enabling local organizations, professionals or para-professionals to work with children and families by creating programs and hands-on resources to be easily used in settings such as refugee camps, non-formal settings or formal settings.

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ISOTIS aims to contribute to effective policy and practice development at different system levels in order to effectively combat early arising and persisting educational inequalities. Through an extensive quantitative and qualitative research, ISOTIS addresses issues regarding parent and family support, curriculum and pedagogy development, professional development, inter-sectoral services coordination, and education policy. The project also leads to the creation of virtual learning environment prototypes that would enable actors in the education systems to provide more inclusive services.

ISSA lends its expertise in working with vulnerable populations to this project, which will lead to the creation of more equal and inclusive education systems starting from early years through secondary school.

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