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Early Childhood Organizations

One of the early childhood organizations I have chosen to follow is NIEER. There is a wide variety of information available through this organization on the latest trends and issues in early childhood. This week’s course focus has been on the connection economists, neuroscientist and politicians have on the field of early childhood. There are many critical connections each of these groups have on early childhood programs. Among them politicians may have the largest impact on early childhood policies and funding.

Through my exploration of NIEER web site, I found a press release titled, Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan The State of Preschool. (NIEER, 2013) Throughout this press release Duncan discusses the positive and negative state preschool is in. Duncan shared, 30 governors increased funding for state preschool programs in 2012. This shows a direct connection between politicians and the state of early childhood programs. No one wants children’s welfare to come down to the topic of money. However, without the proper funding early childhood programs will not be able to meet the needs of our youngest learners.

The NIEER Yearbook reported fewer than 30% of US 4 year-olds are enrolled in state-funded preschool programs and 10 states in the still do not offer state funded programs. The US is ranked 25th of the industrialized countries who enroll 4 year-old in early learning programs. In Germany and Japan 95% of 4 year-olds are enrolled in early learning programs. (NIEER, 2013) These facts tell me we as a country need to focus on our earliest learners and provide equal opportunity for all children to begin their educational path, but to not loses site of developmentally appropriate practice in teaching.

Duncan went on to acknowledge the critical local impact of mayoral support for early childhood programs. Elected officials at every level make decisions and policies that affect early childhood programs. We as members of our community need to vote for elected officials at the local level and all the way up the chain that will support and advocate for early childhood programs. We must hold our elected officials accountable for supporting early childhood programs.







Making International Connections – Up Date http://worldforumfoundation.org

What is happening around the world? I have been following the World Forum Foundation web site to gain a greater understanding of events and issue around the world that affect children, families, and the early childhood field. There are many links on this site to help me stay in touch with children around the world. I enjoy reading reports and listening to pod casts from BONNIE’S GLOBAL CAFÉ.



The most recent story Bonnie reported on, was the affects from Cyclone Winston on Analesi Tuicaumia in Fiji. A catastrophic natural disaster like this has an obvious affect on children, families, and early childhood education. They lost many live in the disaster and the entire country was out of power. The UNICEF estimates up to 120,000 children were affected. (UNICEF, 2016) Although efforts are well in place to rebuild and support the communities affected, the long-term affect on children’s development is a concern. This type of toxic stress can have a damaging affect on children’s brain development. Even in the mist of such devastation, efforts are focused on keeping children safe and engaged in learning. (Bonnie, 2016)


Statements made by Bonnie in her report really made me think about the issue of poverty. “Children in our centre were quite safe except our five Mobile kindy communities who live in sub-standard homes and settlements.” (Bonnie, 2016) This is an example of another way poverty affects children. As stated by the SitAn organization, “monetary poverty drives child deprivation” (UNICEF, 2016) Do to poverty some of the families in Analesi Tuicuaia live in more improvised conditions and were not as well protected from the cyclone as others. There is a direct connection between poverty levels and families inability to provide a safe home for their children to grow and learn in a developmentally appropriate manner. I had not thought about poverty from a natural disaster point of view. There are so many aspects of poverty that affect children is different ways as they grow. Without getting the needed support these children will not be able to develop and grow to the best of their ability.


Bonie & Roger Neugebauer., (2016) BONNIE’S GlOBAL CAFÉ, World Fourum Foundation, Connection Center



United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting,




Making International Connections – Up Date


This site is a great resource to for connecting to a variety of people and topics from around the world. The Connection Center offers three ways to stay up to date on current global issues, Join the Conversation, Explore Global Perspectives, and Engage in Focused Work.

Join the Conversation provides a continuous conversation between early childhood professional from around the world on topics of interest. At this time the discussion is around what individuals want in the 2017 World Forum Event, Another conversation group is reflecting of childhood experiences, and the final conversation is on individuals passions about early care and education.

Explore Global Perspectives provides information about global topic from Bonnie’s Café where she interviews global leaders on a variety of topics affecting early childhood education. At the Café Bonnie has provided a video of a discussion she had with the national representative from Ghana about being a new member of the World Forum. There are also many other past interviews and conversation to explore.

Engage in Focused Work provides resources and information on global early childhood topics. The current topics are Children’s Homes, Children’s Rights, Curriculum, and Design. At this time the topic of curriculum discusses the work that began at the 2011 and 2014 World Forum Events. Universal principle of early childhood curriculum were discussed; relationships, environment, play as children’s work, respect, content, children’s role in the curriculum, outcomes, inter-relatedness of development, early childhood assessment, families and teachers as partners, and professional development. These universal topics are considered a beginning place for adaptations to conditions in diverse cultures, regions and countries of the world.



The National Institute for early Education Research web site provides access to Research, state wide preschool information, a blog, and recent projects. The newsletter is accessible through http://preschoolmatters.org . The current topic is Creating Conditions for Increased Attendance. The article discusses increasing attendance by increasing family engagement in the schools.




Making International Connections

Part 1

I found this to be a challenging blog assignment. I unfortunately do not have any family or friends outside the US to contact for a resource in the early childhood field. I tried to get support through the provided resources http://www.naeyc.org/resources/partnership/globalalliance but only received a access denied message. I did review the links from the https://oldweb.naeyc.org/globalalliance site I attempted to contact three different people, but as of yet have not received any responses.


Nippa – the Early Childhood Organization

Siobhan Fitzpatrick

Email: siobhanf@nippa.org


International Step by Step Association

Sarah Klaus

Email: sklaus@issa.nl

Canadian Child Care Federation

Yvonne Dionne

Email: ydionne@cccf-fcsge.ca

Do to this inability to connect to early childhood professionals directly, I choose to use the alternate assignment. However, when I tried the two links provided in our resources http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/ and http://www.worldforumfoundation.org/wf/radio.php I received an Internal Server Error message

I was able to connect to http://connect.worldforumfoundation.org and join to view current news and explore a discussion forum. The site hosts a connection center with three areas; Join the Conversation – worldwide discussion on subjects relevant to the global early childhood field, Explore Global Perspectives – Bonnie’s Global Café – hear discussions on early childhood topics from global leaders, and Engage in Focused Work – explore information compiled by working groups on different topics.

Part 2

 I will be immersing my self in National Institute for Early Education research http://nieer.org. I feel this organization will provide a great resource for the latest research in early childhood education on a broad range of topics and issues. I have added there blog to my follow list if anyone is interested in following as well. I look forward to following the blogs, reading the research and monthly newsletters, and following their latest projects.