ISSA, a leading network of early childhood development organizations from Europe and Central Asia, proudly invites you to participate in its 2014 Conference and celebrate its 15th anniversary. The conference will be an opportunity for shared learning and a joint exploration to re-consider early childhood services for children from birth through primary school. The event will draw together reform experiences from the last 25 years, as well as innovations, evidence and practices in early childhood systems.

The Conference will explore three main strands: ensuring that democratic values and principles are integral to early childhood practices; reaching and supporting all children in their earliest years, to reduce the gap in equity between the majority of young children and the most disadvantaged; and identifying successful approaches to develop comprehensive services that link care, health, education and social assistance systems.

Practitioners, researchers, policy makers, parents and NGOs from Europe and Central Asia will be joined by peers from around the globe.

The event marks the 20th anniversary of the Open Society Foundations' Step by Step Program and the 15th anniversary of ISSA.

The conference is organized in partnership with the Open Society Foundations, UNICEF, DECET and Partners Hungary Foundation.


Press release ISSA2014 Conference (pdf file)


Questions about the conference can be addressed to:

Krisztina Csidei, Event Organizer, BCD Travel: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Eva Izsak, Membership Officer, ISSA: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Important dates

30 May 2014

Extended deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals


30 June 2014

Formal confirmation of acceptance of papers


10 July 2014

Final date to pay reduced registration fee


9 August 2014

Final date for completing

visa request form

Cancellation with full refund


10 August -

9 September 2014

Cancellation with 50% refund


10-25 September 2014

Cancellation with 30% refund


25 September 2014

Final date for registration


26 September 2014

No refund for cancellation after this deadline


8-9 October 2014

Romani Early Years

Network meeting

(by invitation only)


9 October 2014

Registration and

Opening reception


10-12 October 2014