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Since the first day of the war, the ISSA Network has mobilized to support young children and their families, both in Ukraine and in the countries receiving refugees. The war in Ukraine forced millions of children and families to flee their homes. Those who remain are facing great fear, uncertainty, and confusion. All are experiencing enormous trauma and we know from science that toxic stress has devastating effects on the development of young children. Young children are disproportionately affected during times of war. The instability and resulting wounds and trauma inflicted on children and families living in Ukraine, and those fleeing the violence, will be long lasting from generation to generation.

At ISSA, we continue our tireless work towards our vision of societies where families, communities and professionals work together to empower each child to reach their unique potential and embrace values of social justice and equity. Read more about ISSA’s 5 main streams of work.

On this page, you will find resources and materials for those working with children of Ukraine, as well as for parents and caregivers. Below, you will also find news about how the ISSA Network is responding to the needs arising due to the war.

 

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Curated resources by topic

Guidance and psychosocial support documents for emergency settings

Materials for parents and caregivers

Materials for ECEC staff and centers

Links for continued schooling for the children of Ukraine

ISSA Resources

The ISSA Network Advantage - Prioritizing young children's development in emergencies

Building Bridges: Bridging the Gap - Supporting wellbeing, learning, development and integration of young refugee and migrant children

"Let's Play" Activity Cards - Play-based activities for healing and learning

ECD activity cards

ISSA Connects for Ukraine - Online Events

Responsive solutions in early childhood - Learning across borders  Watch the recording ] [ Access materials ] 

News

The ISSA network continued a strategic and adaptive approach to support families impacted by the war in Ukraine in 2023.

Since 2022, ISSA Member Neohumanist Education Association has been working to build community resilience of Ukrainians living through war.

ISSA Member Step by Step Moldova reflects on the changing needs of Ukrainian refugee children and complex challenges of implementing a psychosocial support initiative.

In Bulgaria, ISSA Member For Our Children Foundation coordinated the training of 103 early years professionals in psychological first aid.