22 July
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15 July
Extended deadline for abstract submissions
30 July
Formal confirmation of acceptance of abstracts
15 August
Final date to pay reduced registration fee
20 August
Final date for cancellation with full refund
20 August-10 September
Cancellation with 50% refund
31 August
Deadline for submission of extended papers
10 September
No refund for cancellation after this date
14 October
Pre-Conference Roundtable
14 October
Opening Reception
14-17 October


As a curtain raiser for the Conference, on 14 October ISSA and the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation will host a Roundtable, Investing in Early Childhood: the most effective use of a nation's resources. The event will be organized in partnership with UNICEF, the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development and Open Society Institute. Leading policy makers from EU Member Countries, including Romania, and other countries in Eastern Europe and the CIS will participate in the Roundtable. The objectives of the Roundtable will be to:

  • consider reasons for investing in quality Early Childhood Development and Education services for all young children;
  • identify compelling examples of successful investments in integrated early childhood services and public/private partnerships that helped countries expand and improve their services;
  • explore what made these investments in early childhood services more effective than others; and
  • discuss possible funding mechanisms and how to mitigate negative effects of the current global financial downturn on children's services.

  • Roundtable Delegates will engage in dialogue with their peers, corporate and civil society representatives, selected practitioners, and senior experts from diverse fields associated with early childhood development. Presenters will include: Nobel Laureate, James J. Heckman, PhD, University of Chicago (USA)(via video), Prof. Nathan A. Fox, University of Maryland (USA) and John Bennett, Senior Consultant with UNICEF, OSI and Roma Education Fund (France). A representative from the Program Management Unit within the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research will present Romania's Early Childhood Education Reform Project. The roundtable will be facilitated by Dr. Emily Vargas-Baron, Director of The RISE Institute (USA).

    Questions about the roundtable can be addressed to:
    Liana Ghent, Executive Director, ISSA: lghent@issa.hu