ISSA’s Annual Conference, is a unique platform to listen to the world’s leading Early Childhood experts. An opportunity to learn from your peers, but also to share knowledge and experience you have gained. ISSA unites researchers, practitioners and policy makers from around the world. Together, we explore themes through discussion and interactive sessions, and we share lessons learned and proven solutions from which you will benefit instantly.
As is custom, the ISSA CONFERENCE 2019 will be packed with the latest learnings and insights from the Early Childhood Development field, offering two days of knowledge sharing, dialogue and networking. And there will also be a rich and diverse offer of one day pre-conference workshops and site visits events for you to choose from.
The ISSA Conference 2019 will also be the occasion to celebrate ISSA’s 20th Anniversary, starting as an association in 1999. We look forward to celebrating this anniversary, together with conference participants, during the Welcome Reception on the evening of the 17th of June. We hope you will join us!
17 June 2019 - Pre-Conference Events with ISSA Partner Organizations
18 & 19 June 2019 - ISSA Conference 2019
20 June 2019 - Field Visits to services for young children
For the Wellbeing of Young Children and their Families
Nurturing Environments: this theme draws attention to the systemic nature and the shared responsibility we all hold for the environments in which young children live, learn, play and develop. Starting from the home environment - moving through the early childhood services and other spaces in neighborhoods, communities and cities - each experience along the way has the potential to shape the life of a young child. Find all details of the ISSA Conference HERE.
At the 2019 Conference, ISSA aims to stimulate discussions and provide answers to questions such as: what is important in the child’s environments to ensure their holistic and healthy development and wellbeing? What we can do to improve those as much as we can? Which environment is most nurturing and stimulating and how do we connect and combine Home, Service, & Community Environments effectively? A clearer outline of the thematic strands is as follows:
Bronfenbrenner’s ecological framework has been extensively used in many contexts as a roadmap for understanding the complexity and systemic dimension of all protective and risk factors that impact an individual’s development. We live in times when climate change and environmental degradation undermine the rights of every child, especially of the most disadvantaged; when poverty, social and political polarization, wars and migration limit the extent to which the youngest citizens of the world are at the core of the public policies and discourse.
Children’s wellbeing in their early years is crucial and it depends tremendously on the physical, mental, social-emotional, cultural, economic, and political conditions of the environment where they live or where they were born.
The conference aims to bring this systemic and dynamic approach to building and ensuring environments where all children live, develop and learn, especially the most vulnerable and at risk:
From the design of public spaces to value-driven services open to communities; from competent and diverse support to families, to services and programs rooted in children’s rights, in their diversity and the specific needs these children and their families have; from quality physical conditions provided in the surroundings to meaningful, responsive and warm interactions with and for children, with and for families.
1. Nurturing home environments for young children
Which family policies are most needed and most responsive to the social, cultural and economic changes and challenges families face today, while also ensuring the child’s healthy development and well-being? What programs have competently addressed the increasing demand for support from parents, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized? What are the major challenges in working with parents and how can they be addressed?
2. Nurturing environments in services for all young children
How can the environments in services contribute to modelling inclusive, respectful and nurturing relationships among children, families, professionals and the community? To what extent the environment of these services is flexible, capable and ready to ensure the wellbeing of the most vulnerable and at-risk families and children? What are the key priorities, who shares the leadership and to what extent children and families are involved in creating such nurturing environments? In what way services should collaborate to create a nurturing environment for children? To what extent is there an equal concern for the wellbeing of professionals working in these services?
3. Nurturing environments for young children and families in their communities
How mindful are they of children’s and families’ needs to safely explore, interact, communicate, build supportive relationships and play, especially of the most disadvantaged and marginalized ones? What opportunities do families and children have to participate in shaping these environments? To what extent do community environments foster social cohesion, intra- and intergenerational learning, and safe networks of support for children and families?
Below is a video of ISSA Conference 2017. You can also visit www.issa2017.net for all insights, news and presentations
Three Pre-conference Workshops kicked-off ISSA Conference 2017 in Ghent. The workshops were about 1) Integrated Services in the early years 2) developing sustainability through fundraising and 3) intervention packages to support nurturing care.
The Pre-conference program was offered by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Ankara University & ISSA.
Another highlight was the keynote of Nora Milotay. She is Policy Analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), where she works on European social policy issues. View her keynote HERE