We promote the holistic development of young children!

 

Welcome to ISSA

Our vision is a society where families, communities and professionals work together to empower each child to reach their unique potential and embrace values of social justice and equity.

As a membership association, we are an international learning community powered by the leading early childhood experts in Europe and Central Asia. We unite and support professionals and partners to deliver high-quality early years services equitably. We challenge existing knowledge and practice and co-construct new approaches and models.

Through our work we advocate for and support competent Early Childhood Systems for all children, especially the most vulnerable. We strive to increase awareness of the importance of Early Childhood Development and of a qualified workforce. As a leading early childhood network and learning community, we promote quality, equitable and integrated services for children, families and practitioners.

 

 

               

Our vision
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. 


Our mission

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.


We Endorse

ISSA's work is underpinned by The Convention on the Rights of the Child. 
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Location
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 during the 1960s. In 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).

Supporters

 

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

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UNICEF

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.

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European Commission

UThe European Commission is the EU's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

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Bernard van Leer Foundation

Bernhard van Leer is a private foundation focused on developing and sharing knowledge about what works in early childhood development. They provide financial support and expertise to partners in government, civil society and business to help test and scale effective services for young children and families.

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ELMA

The ELMA Philanthropies Services is the services arm of The ELMA Group of Foundations. From locations in New York, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kampala. The ELMA Philanthropies team develops program strategies, identifies and explores investment opportunities, monitors and evaluates investment performance and manages strategic partnerships for The ELMA Group of Foundations.

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Jacobs Foundation

The Jacobs Foundation invests in the future of young people so that they become socially responsible and productive members of society.

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Oak Foundation

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

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