Early Childhood Studies – a Global Perspective

Exploring the concepts on early childhood studies through the lens of people across the globe

Learning More About and Through ISSA


    The International Step by Step Association offers programs and services to support community programs in advocating for strong civil society to ensure high-quality care for all children of all ages especially the poor and disadvantaged, inclusion and diversity, and inclusion of families and communities participating in the learning and development of children. Their action pillars are geared towards access/equity, quality/professionalism, and parents/community.

    The access and equity pillar of ISSA applies a proactive approach to promoting equity and diversity by empowering road-sign-798175_1280educators through training that could transform individuals and become agents of change. Topics range from Identity, How Exclusion, Inequity, Discrimination, and Oppression Are Perpetuated, Language and Communication, and Giving Voice to Families and Communities.

    The quality and professionalism pillar includes access to Quality Resource tool to members of the organization and monitoring and evaluating program quality for continued improvement. A big component of the quality tool is the investment on teachers to deliver effective and successful education system. A support for professional development, responsible and responsive practices to cater for the needs of children and their families and an Early Childhood Development systems composed of individuals, teams and institutions are essential elements of quality programs. Part of ISSA’s initiatives to promote quality and professionalism is by providing a leaflet,family-43873_1280 “Give Your Child the Best Start: Laying the foundation quality learning” to parents that outlines their roles and responsibility in understanding the development of their children. It includes suggestions and recommendations on how parents can interact with their children.  Also, the leaflet for educators, “Early Childhood Educators Change Lives – You Can Make a Difference!” ISSA believes that “motivated and qualified educators who provide quality teaching impacts happy and well-adjusted children.”   

    ISSA’s efforts to empower educators and families to promote quality education for all children board-752051_1280demonstrate how much the education sector can contribute to improving the lives of children. Being a part of an organization like ISSA could provide ways on how to make one’s voice matter and have access to resources advocate for change. 




Author: pamcee70

My name is Pam Castillo. I have been in the field of education for 24 years now. Although I have taught some levels in grade school, I have spent most of my years teaching children aged two to six years old. I am always amazed by the interactions I have every day with children. In an environment where children feel safe, they are confident to explore and make discoveries. These experiences prepare them for the bigger challenges in the future. I feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of these young children especially if they still come to see me and reminisce the years we worked together.

2 thoughts on “Learning More About and Through ISSA

  1. Pam, what a great and informative post! Your graphics always compliment your blog posts so well. ISSA appears to be a wonderful organization that advocates for every child and their best interests. Thank you for sharing the informative links!


  2. Hi Pamela, I like the look of the International Step By Step Association. It seems like they really touch on all of the issues of early childhood! Thanks for posting!


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