Parents' Association “Step by Step” was founded in 1996 with the aim of applying the international Step by Step Project. The Association introduced the Step by Step Program into the Croatian kindergartens and schools in order to teach thousands of teachers and tutors about methods of educating children. It started two magazines (“Child, kindergarten and family” and “Child, school and family”) and established a special library for teachers and tutors where the translated curricula for the children in childcare, kindergarten and the first four grades of elementary school can be found. These curricula were developed within the framework of the international Step by Step Project.

In 2003 the Association established a public educational centre called “Step by Step”, a non-profit institution for tutor training in relation to the Step by Step Program, thus allowing Association to focus on the projects and programs designed for parents and children. 

PA Step by step’s projects principally address the issue of child abuse prevention, the importance of parents’ active participation in decision making regarding education and other policies concerning children and families and support to teenage mothers and parents.  

It cooperates with preschool, school and other institutions responsible for children and families; it represents the interests of children, youth and families before authorities; it organizes seminars and public events to raise awareness of the necessity of protection of children and youth rights. It supports educational politics which provide equal opportunities and access to free compulsory education for all children, it encourages voluntarism and participation of parents in matters of great importance for their children.

Activities of the PASBS for the past 20 years have been directed to development of capacities of local communities and their institutions for promotion and protection of the rights of the children. In that period PA Step by step gained a lot of experience in working with children, parents, kindergarten and school staff, organizations of civil society and representatives of local and regional units.

The project „Mom is a mom“ developed in 2005 with the aim of preventing risky behaviours of young people and providing psychological and social help for teenage mothers, pregnant girls and their families. The web portal at risk www.maloljetni-roditelji.net is an innovative form of service that seeks to address the needs of adolescents at risk of unplanned pregnancies and sexual victimization, from all over Croatia through education, information and counselling. An interactive web portal for teenage pregnant girls and teenage parents’ combines informative, educational and counselling activities, from psychologists, lawyers, social workers and gynaecologists. The Project is funded by the Ministry of social policy and youth, the City of Zagreb, The National foundation for civil society development. 

CAP program (Child Assault Prevention Program) is the biggest project of the PA “Step by Step”, whose implementation in Croatia started in the year 2000 when CAP was implemented in 13 schools in various parts of Croatia. Today, CAP program is implemented in around 70 schools, 30 kindergartens and 4 educational centres. Four variations of CAP are being implemented in Croatia: Preschool, Elementary, Teen and Special needs CAP.  102.690 children, 69.770 parents and 22.791 kindergarten and education institutions staff participated in CAP program since its launch in 1999 to the year 2019. The Association has developed a network of 450 active CAP facilitators, mainly teachers and other professionals in kindergartens and elementary schools. 

Independent evaluation was conducted by the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. The evaluation results indicate high quality of the program since it is being implemented by the trained experts, children’s response is positive: they describe the program as useful and apply its strategies in actual situations. Moreover, children, parents and teachers discuss the issue of child abuse more often than before the workshops. 

Program is funded by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, Ministry of social policy and youth and local (regional) governments.

The national program "School open to parents" advocates greater participation of parents in parents’ councils in developing partnerships between schools and parents as well as self-organization of parents in solving problems related to children and families in the local community.

Project "Prevention in the Community" intends to contribute to the effective addiction prevention by establishing a model of universal prevention in the local communities. The goal is to develop an effective model of addiction prevention that can be applied in other communities by integrating the community as a whole.

In 2017, the implementation of the new project “Involved Parents” has started. Project’s main objective is to contribute to the reduction of discrimination and increased integration of former prisoners and their families through the strengthening of personal, parental and partner resources and inclusion in the community.

The BRZO #Work&Family project is aimed at supporting families, working parents, in order to achieve a balance between work and family responsibilities. BRZO Work & Family campaign is part of the European campaign #IWantWorkLifeBalance implemented by COFACE Families Europe.

PA Step by step has so far carried out few projects funded by the European Commission.

“Enhance children’s right to be safe” (EIDHR) was a research and advocacy project with the goal to improve children’s safety in Croatia through improving the dialogue and cooperation between the institutions included in the protection of children's rights. A research that was conducted showed insufficient awareness of the problem of violence and respective laws and regulations among Croatian citizens.

“Organizations that care” was an EU funded IPA project. The aim of the project was to empower NGOs and local government to include their citizens, especially children and youth in decision making and in creating the local policies regarding the right of children and youth.

Project “Together for moms”, funded from European Social Fund, aimed at creating a standardised programme for the "Mom is a Mom" Counselling Centre and its replication to a new local community with a purpose to develop and expand the network of social services provided to teenage and young mothers. The project strengthened human and analytical resources of the partner organisations and trained them for implementing quality standards in providing social services and the model

PASBS participated as a partner on the “CIAO” (Citizens In Agora Organizations) project approved under the EU program Erasmus+, which is held by the Udaf de la Charente organization from France. CIAO partnership, apart from Croatian, also includes organizations from Italy, Turkey, Romania and Greece. The CIAO project is being implemented with the aim of promoting education for democratic citizenship, freedom and non-discrimination and is based on the model of exchange of best, innovative practices of European countries focused on democracy and active citizen participation.

Within the  “Parents – Children's Advocates ” project parents of the elementary school children were trained to advocate children’s needs and interests, and to establish cooperation with schools and local communities. During 2006 the project was funded by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. From 2007 it has been carried out under the name “The School Open to Parents” still supported by the same Ministry. In 2009 the project was funded by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development and has been implemented in 10 schools and 6 counties. The goal of the “School Open to Parents” project is to increase participation of parents in developing partnerships between schools and parents as well as self-organization of parents in solving problems related to children and families in the local community. Within the project a research was carried out in Croatian schools amongst parents and teachers to determine crucial elements of parents’ participation in the educational system. The Project was funded by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development and the Institute Open Society Croatia. In partnership with the associations “Roda” and “Idem” a brochure “School Open to Parents” was created and distributed to primary schools.

 

The project “Have your cake and eat it” is implemented with the goal of informing and raising sensibility of the public, employers and employees about advantages of a family-friendly work place.

 

Child sexual abuse prevention – a contribution to the „One in five campaign“ which stared in 2011, and until 2014 the following advocacy activities were carried out: 

• two round tables: „Prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation of children“, Zagreb, May 2011) and „Prevention of sexual abuse of children: accomplishments and challenges“, Zagreb, May 2014.

• two public debates: „Get consent!“, Zagreb, May 2014, and „Prevention of sexual abuse of children: accomplishments and challenges“, Rijeka, May 2014

• Conference „Systematic approach to child and youth abuse prevention“, Osijek, May 2013

• 19 workshops „Prevention of sexual abuse of children“: Čakovec, Vukovar, Gospić, Koprivnica, Karlovac, Slavonski Brod, Zadar, Zagreb and Velika Gorica (2011), Pula, Split, Osijek, Delnice and Mali Lošinj (2012), Zabok and Dubrovnik (2013) and Sv. Ivan Zelina, Petrinja and Supetar (2014).

Delete cyberbullying addresses the problem of cyberbullying and includes an application for smartphones, an educational video and a teacher’s manual. The project was developed by the COFACE and is implemented in 14 EU countries. During the 2014 Parents’ association Step by step translated and adjusted the material for the use in Croatian schools. The project was presented to the public on 19 November 2014 which is the International day of child abuse prevention.

The Association is a member of the European Parents’ Association (EPA) and Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE).

It is a member and one of the funding associations of the Coordination of Associations for Children in Croatia (CAC).