20th Anniversary

During the ISSA Conference 2019 we will celebrate ISSA’s 20th Anniversary, starting as an association in 1999.


Over the past 20 years we have become a solid and reliable network of knowledge in the Early Childhood Development field. We have reached a commendable membership base of 90 non-profit organizations whom we support to grow the quality of early childhood services in their community, city or country. And we are still growing!


Together, we strive to bridge Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Central Asia, sharing knowledge, experiences and lessons learned via our highly appreciated Peer Learning Activities, professional development events and, of course, through the ISSA Conference, where we share new ideas and approaches, and we lay the foundations of new collaborations. We’ve kept and will keep expanding our scope to cover various aspects of Early Childhood Development and to nurture meaningful changes within the field.


The year 2019 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Open Society Foundations’ Step by Step Program, upon whose legacy and resulting network ISSA continues to build.


We look forward to celebrating these anniversaries with the conference participants during the Welcome Reception on the evening of the 17th of June. We hope you will join us, so much to celebrate!

News on the Keynote Speakers will follow soon!