ISSA is a membership association, which serves as a learning community and a champion for quality and equity for all young children and their families.
The ISSA network is a dynamic mix of experts from NGOs, schools and kindergartens, higher education and academic institutions in Europe and Central Asia. All ISSA members work to ensure the best quality care and education for young children, especially the most vulnerable.
A society where families, communities and professionals work together to empower each child to reach her or his unique potential and embrace values of social justice and equity.
We are a learning community powered by the leading early childhood experts in Europe and Central Asia. We unite professionals and partners to deliver high-quality early years services equitably. We challenge existing knowledge and practice and co-construct new approaches and models.
A society where families, communities and professionals work together to empower each child to reach her or his unique potential and embrace valies of social justice and equity.
ISSA's work is underpinned by The Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We have joined:
- the EU Alliance for Investing in Children
- the Global initiative to end all corporal punishment of children
- Early Childhood Development Action Network ECDAN
ISSA's offices are located in a historic building that once functioned as an orphanage. Founded in 1593, it closed its doors as an orphanage only during the 1960s. As of May 2010 the renovated orphanage re-opened as Kinderrechtenhuis Nederland (Child Rights Home, the Netherlands). Besides ISSA, several other organisations working with and for children and young people have their offices in the building. These developments are made possible by financial and moral support from Stichting Utopa (the Utopa Foundation).