International Step by Step Association

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

7.25 Fte (8)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    International Step by Step Association   (ISSA)

    EU Transparency Register

    053125133094-59 First registered on 05 Nov 2018

    Goals / Remit

    We commit ourselves to the development of children. Across all domains. Ever since ISSA was founded in 1999 we have grown significantly – providing knowledge and tools to improve the quality of Early Childhood Development. In pre-schools, day care centers and primary schools across Europe. From the secretariat in Leiden (The Netherlands), we gather and create prominent studies and insights on child care and share it with our peers, organization members and policy makers, so they can put them to good use.

    ISSA came to existence due to the successful start-up and roll out of the Step by Step Program. This multi-disciplinary initiative required the formation of an expert group, a group that would function as overseer of international efforts to consistently grow the quality of Early Childhood Development across Europe. When the Step by Step Program progressed successfully, ISSA was founded in order to preserve and expand the network and knowledge that had done such excellent wor (...)

    Main EU files targeted

    Currently ISSA is involved in the following European projects:

    1. Co-baby: The project addresses Early childhood education and care Social assistance and welfare, Initial and continuous training for teachers, trainers and other education staff.
    The main aim of the project is to promote the establishment and / or enhancement of parent-friendly spaces within co-working organisations

    2. Principles of quality education for teachers (PIQET). The goal of this project is to support recruitment, selection and development of PD educators and improvement of in-service professional development (PD) of educators on EU and non-EU level in a way that promotes social justice, interculturalism and human rights in education.

    3. Green Learning Community (GREELCO): GREELCO’s overall goal is to create an online learning community that connects ECEC professionals and offers them the opportunity to improve their digital competencies, share their expertise as well as reflect and improve their practice. The project will first empower early childhood education and care professionals in the area of digital competencies by enabling kindergarten professionals from eight countries to develop a set of videos introducing their institution and pedagogical practices. This will allow each kindergarten to organize a virtual study visit to exchange experiences and reflection on practice with other kindergartens professionals.

    4. 4E (Early, Equal, Engaged, Empathetic) PARENT. This project aims to promote engaged, caring fatherhood and caring masculinities as a means to prevent GBV, by scaling up and mainstreaming methods and approaches successfully piloted during the EU project PARENT. he project identifies as ultimate beneficiaries fathers/parents to-be and fathers/parents of children 0-6, with a specific focus on the first 1000 days, this being the critical period in which to engage fathers in equal, shared, responsive and empathetic parenting. Since the aim of the project is primary prevention of GBV that is mostly enacted by men, and because men are victims of gender stereotypes that need to be deconstructed for the wellbeing of men, women and children, the main focus is on men as fathers and the transformation of masculinities. However, all actions to promote equal, responsive parenting are also intended to benefit and include same-sex parents.


    Head Office
    Hooglandse Kerkgracht 17R
    Leiden 2312 HS
    EU Office
    Hooglandse Kerkgracht 17R
    Leiden 2312 HS


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    3 of 8 employees involved are working part time (0,8 FTE)

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    Member organisations

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    EU funding, Member's contribution, Other, Grants

    Funding types "other" information

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Open Society Institute 239,142€
    Contribution Swiss Philanthropy Foundation 60,843€
    Contribution European Commision 79,075€
    Contribution Porticus 14,720€
    Contribution Bernard van Leer Foundation 296,194€
    Contribution Jacobs Foundation 347,630€
    Contribution Association for Early Childhood Educators (Singapore) 32,727€
    Contribution OAK Foundation 112,388€
    Contribution Center for Social Studies 16,164€
    Contribution World Bank Georgia 21,630€
    Contribution UNICEF 266,599€
    Contribution Reading Corner book sales 11,007€
    Contribution membership 29,021€
    Grant European Commission 27,195€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    Working Group on Early Childhood Education and Care#E03811# #Member #C#Civil society

    Groups (European Parliament)

    Children's rights

    Communication activities

    Running projects funding by European Institution

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    None declared

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