ISSA is 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.

Each year we partner with one of our members and other sympathetic organizations to deliver one of Europe’s foremost conferences on Early Childhood Development (ECD)

In 2016, in conjunction with our member in Lithuania, and conference co-host, Center for Innovative Education, we were proud to welcome over 300 guests to our event:  Early Childhood in Times of Rapid Change.

Under this title, the conference explored four main strands: Meaningful Learning for Children, Meaningful Preparation for the Workforce, Meaningful Support for Families, Meaningful Use of Technology.

As societies across the globe experience rapid changes which affect children, their families and the practitioners working alongside them. Living, as we do, in a more interconnected and interdependent world the stability of our economies and societies are impacted by factors beyond our borders; the effects of conflict, climate change and epidemics in once remote countries can now have repercussions in local communities.

ISSA Conference 2016 united the knowledge and practice of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, parents and NGOs from around the world to explore these themes through insightful discussions and interactive sessions, while sharing their wisdom and solutions.