ISSA publishes new study on urban spaces to support parents
“Comparative Global Study of Urban Spaces to Support Parents” is a new report by the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), commissioned and funded by BvLF to inform our Urban95 strategy in Tel Aviv-Yafo. It addresses current gaps in knowledge about how city environments influence children and what it takes to make improvements.
The study maps social facilities that have the potential to improve quality of life for children from birth to age 4. It shows how local governments can piggyback on existing services to expand access for a bigger variety of needs. It analyses five programmes in depth – from Australia, Belgium, Slovenia, the UK and the USA – looking at areas such as services provided, type of workforce, curriculum, flexibility of opening hours, funding and cost per beneficiary.
The study illustrates how these services are important mechanisms for social cohesion, and how, by expanding services and cross pollinating with other organizations and their areas of expertise, cities can offer meaningful support to children and families.