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Early Childhood Development toolbox for local governments to support young children and their families - The healthy and rounded development of children in their early years lays the critical foundations for their well-being and success later in life. It requires…

Published in:
2024
Organization(s):
UNICEF ECARO and ISSA
Language:
English
Contact:
Mihaela Ionescu, mionescu@issa.nl

The PIQET Principles represent a groundbreaking initiative under the Erasmus+ project, designed to elevate the standard of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for educators across diverse educational landscapes. Authored by a consortium including the Educational Research Institute in…

Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
Educational Research Institute, Open Academy Step by Step, International Step by Step Association
Language:
English
Contact:
Aljoša Rudaš, arudas@issa.nl
Building a strong, reliable, and high-quality ECEC workforce yields positive results that significantly impact the well-being of young children and enable their rounded and healthy development. Therefore, investing in continuous professional development (CPD) and growth of…
Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
Educational Research Institute, Open Academy Step by Step, International Step by Step Association
Language:
English
Contact:
Aljoša Rudaš, arudas@issa.nl
‘Rainbows in Windows’, co-written with the World Health Organisation, is a story focused on mental health and wellbeing and on how to keep healthy (physically and mentally) when faced with a virus.
 
This story…
Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
Think Equal, World Health Organization
Language:
English
Contact:
Ruby Jewitt, ruby.jewitt@thinkequal.org
The publication was created by Group for Children and Youth "Indigo", in cooperation with “Sreten Mladenovic Mika” Primary School and the Faculty of Philosophy, Nis University. It describes the non-formal educational support programme for Roma and other marginalised…
Published in:
2020
Organization(s):
Group for Children and Youth “Indigo”
Language:
Serbian
Contact:
Tamara Simonovic, tamara@indigo.org.rs
This program for cooperation with Roma parents was collectively designed and implemented by eight educational institutions from Serbia. After analyzing the implementation and feedback from the parents and other involved actors and with the support of Indigo and mentors,…
Published in:
2022
Organization(s):
Group for Children and Youth “Indigo”
Language:
Serbian
Contact:
Tamara Simonovic, tamara@indigo.org.rs
In the dynamic landscape of early childhood professional development, the traditional, one-size-fits-all approaches have proven insufficient, often disconnected from the real-world context in which professionals operate. Recognizing the limitations of top-down decision-…
Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
International Step by Step Association
Language:
English
Contact:
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
The term telehealth intervention implies the use of electronic platforms or apps such as telephone calls, video meetings and conferences, text messaging, the use of various online apps and social media tools or content presented on online platforms as resources utilised to…
Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
UNICEF ECARO & ISSA
Language:
English
Contact:
Zorica Trikic, ztrikic@issa.nl
workforce, ECEC, early childhood care and education, quality pedagogy, tool, training

This Guide will help you get familiar with the collaborative reflective practices of educators working in Early Childhood Education Centres (ECEC) and primary schools. It is intended for both ECEC professionals and leaders interested in finding out more about professional learning communities,…

Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
Partners Hungary Foundation, Open Academy Step by Step, Centre for Innovation in the Early Years (VBJK), Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Step by Step Centre for Quality in Education
Language:
Croatian, English, Hungarian, Slovenian
Contact:
Flora Bacso, bacsof@partnershungary.hu
advocacy, children with disabilities, European Union, early childhood development, inclusion
Young children with disabilities have a greater chance of being institutionalised, segregated in special schools and face greater risks of violence and abuse, in and out of their family setting. It is crucial for families of children with disabilities to have access to…
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2023
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English
Contact:
Francesca Colombo, fcolombo@issa.nl
advocacy, European Union, inclusion, early childhood development, Refugee & Migrant Children

The available data shows that refugee children and children with a migrant background, in Europe, are at greater risk of poverty and social exclusion. Governments have an essential role in fostering a welcoming environment for young refugees and migrants by offering inclusive early childhood…

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2023
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English
Contact:
Francesca Colombo, fcolombo@issa.nl
advocacy, European Union, inclusion, early childhood development, Roma

Young Roma children have an equal right to thrive. The fulfillment of this right calls for urgent and comprehensive measures and coordinated public investment. However, there is general concern about how effective Roma inclusion policy measures are at the European level.

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2023
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Language:
English
Contact:
Francesca Colombo, fcolombo@issa.nl

The European REYN Early Childhood Research Study (the REYN Study) provides an examination of the status of young Roma children and their families across Europe. It offers a comprehensive understanding of the multi-layered and intersectional nature of the challenges faced by young Roma children…

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2023
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English
Contact:
Aljosa Rudas, arudas@issa.nl
In emergencies, the amount of investment in ECD is scarce and very fragmented. More than half of humanitarian and refugee response plans focus on immediate needs while neglecting the overall development, learning and well-being of the youngest children and their caregivers…
Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
ISSA
Language:
English
Contact:
Dr. Mihaela Ionescu, mionescu@issa.nl
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Welcome to ISSA Knowledge Hub!

All the resources stored here have been created by ISSA Members or ISSA Secretariat in partnership with Members or partners.

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inclusion, inclusive practice, workforce, ECEC

The MANDELA model for Early Childhood Education and Care is a framework to place inclusivity at the heart of practice with babies, children, and families. It recognises the importance of relationships and belonging and ensuring environments reflect this. It also acknowledges that if we change…

Published in:
2023
Organization(s):
University of Northampton Tapestry Foundation Stage Forum
Language:
English
Contact:
Professor Eunice Lumsden; eunice.lumsden@northampton.ac.uk
Country:
United Kingdom

Mektebim is a women-led, child-centred, community-based, inclusive preschool business.

Our mission
To provide the sustainable community-based and inclusive Early Childhood Education (ECE) services for all children, including those who do not have the chance to study…

Published in:
2018
Organization(s):
United Aid For Azerbaijan (UAFA)
Language:
Azerbaijani, English
Contact:
Sabina Aghayeva sabina.aghayeva@uafa.az
Country:
Azerbaijan
Slovakia, early childhood policy, early childhood services, Roma

A functioning model for multi-stakeholders collaboration at municipality level to work with Romani communities is developed to improve the responsiveness and accountability of local authorities, particularly elected and senior civil servants towards marginalized Roma communities and to build the…

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Organization(s):
Wide Open School
Language:
English
Contact:
Miroslav Sklenka, miroslav.sklenka@gmail.com
Country:
Slovakia
the Netherlands, TOY for inclusion, services for children

The purpose of the Together Old and Young (TOY) Programme is to promote intergenerational learning and to create new possibilities for older adults and young children to learn together and benefit from each others’ company. People are living longer but older adults and young children are having…

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International Child Development Initiatives ICDI
Language:
English
Contact:
Margaret Kernan, margaret@icdi.nl
Country:
the Netherlands
the Netherlands, ECEC, social-emotional learning, sustainable development goals

Aflatot: Early childhood education for sustainable development. This study took place in the following countries: Albania, Serbia, Slovakia, Kenya, Zambia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, India and the Philippines to document the effects of the Aflatot programs on social emotional outcomes for young…

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Organization(s):
Aflatoun International
Language:
English
Contact:
Tetiana van Waveren-Valkova, tetiana@aflatoun.org
Country:
the Netherlands
Albania, Kosovo, family, parenting support, school mediators, services for children, vulnerable groups

The Learning Centers Network initiated by Balkan Sunflowers connects 40 Learning Centers managed by different NGOs in Albania. These centers include preschool services, curriculum support, literacy and science programs, and an education mediator targeting the most vulnerable children and their…

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Balkan Sunflowers
Language:
English
Contact:
Muhamet Arifi, muhamet_arifi@balkansunflowers.org
Country:
Kosovo
Czech republic, primary school

The Learning Together project has created a network of 15 Centres for Peer Support, which provide a platform for mutual learning across institutions. This platform provides peer support across eight kindergartens and eight primary schools to help improve the competences of teachers, create…

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Step by Step
Language:
English
Contact:
Jana Schierlová, jana.schierlova@sbscr.cz
Country:
Czech Republic
Serbia, family, parenting support, Roma, social inclusion

The practice Supporting the early development of children in informal Roma settlements aims to improve the social inclusion of children aged birth to six and their families. The Know How Centre organizes activities aimed at enriching Roma parents' skills living in settlements to provide quality…

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Know How Centre
Language:
English
Contact:
Milenka Matic, cpzvns@gmail.com
Country:
Serbia
Serbia, quality integrated services

Novi Sad Intersectorial Network for Children (NSMEDE) is a local inter-sectorial network aiming to provide a strategic and systematic framework for improving the position of children in Novi Sad. Through the establishment of a flexible model of inter-sectorial cooperation among actors at the…

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Know How Centre
Language:
English
Contact:
Tatjana Lazor Obradović, tatjana.lazor@gmail.com
Country:
Serbia
the Netherlands, Ukraine, children with disabilities

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services started to develop in Ukraine as an initiative of NGO organizations in 2000. During the last years, ECI has been actively developing in several Ukrainian regions. A Consortium of Ukrainian and international organizations started in 2008 lobbying for…

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Organization(s):
SOFT Tulip Foundation
Language:
English
Contact:
Eric Bloemkolk, eric.bloemkolk@softtulip.nl
Country:
the Netherlands
Kazakhstan, family, parenting support

Family Resource Centres were established in Kyzyforda, Zhambul and Semey in Kazakhstan to assist families whose children were not attending preschool (typically poor families). The centers welcomed children and families to prepare them for primary school. The parents received information on…

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Organization(s):
Community Foundation Step by Step
Language:
English
Contact:
Dina Aidzhanova, daidzhan@mail.ru
Country:
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, quality pedagogy

Inclusion of a course on the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy for fourth year students at the Kazakh Women's University in Almaty, and three methodological training centres in Kysyforda, Zhambul, and Semey regions with co-financing. 


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Organization(s):
Community Foundation Step by Step
Language:
English
Contact:
Dina Aidzhanova, daidzhan@mail.ru
Country:
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, ECEC, family, primary school, quality education, quality pedagogy

The Growing Together project consisted of three parts: improving preschool education practices by using the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy and parent and community involvement; building community and  partnerships at the primary school level, and parental education. The project's results…

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Organization(s):
Community Foundation Step by Step
Language:
English
Contact:
Dina Aidzhanova, daidzhan@mail.ru
Country:
Kazakhstan
Ukraine, children with disabilities, family, inclusive classroom, inclusive practice, services for children

Inclusive Resource Centers (IRC) in five sites in four regions were developed under the programme supported  by USAID. Their main purpose is to provide complex inter-sectorial support to children with special needs, their parents and teachers working with these children in pre-school and primary…

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Organization(s):
Ukrainian Step by Step Foundation
Language:
English
Contact:
Natalia Sofiy, nsofiy@gmail.com
Country:
Ukraine
Georgia, inclusive classroom, inclusive practice

Supporting  Development of Early Inclusive Education in Tbilisi Kindergartens is a project aiming to support development of early childhood inclusive education: 1) by empowering mainstream kindergarten teachers and specialists working in kindergartens through modelling, practicing and sharing…

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Organization(s):
Center for Preschool and Inclusive Education, Ilia State University, Georgia
Language:
English
Contact:
Khatuna Dolidze, khatuna.dolidze.1@iliauni.edu.ge
Country:
Georgia
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