cstravato's Pre-k World

The life of a Teacher / Student / Mother

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.



Author: cstravato

I am a wife of 14 years and have two boys, one is 10 and an the other is 8. They are busy and keep us hopping. I have been a pre-school teacher for 9 years with a break in the middle to teach kindergarten in FL for three years, and I had the luxury of staying home with my two boys for a few years. I enjoy teaching pre-school age children it gives me great pride to help set a generation up to succeed in their school careers and life. I am currently going back to school to complete my masters degree in early childhood education at Walden University.

5 thoughts on “Making International Connections

  1. Thank you for your post. I am also have difficulty with this assignment. I reached out to family that lives outside this county however I didn’t get into contact with anyone directly let. Also the Part 2 I was getting an error when I was trying to get on the site.
    Thank you for letting me know I am not alone.


  2. I am sorry that you are having a hard time making contacts too but feel a sense of relief that I am not the only that is struggling. I had high hopes that I would connect with other professionals outside of the U.S. I think this could be an interesting and fulfilling assignment if we could make contacts. I’m also sad to know that there are so many links provided for us that do not work. I wonder what we can do to get this information updated so that everyone could be as successful as possible in this course. Good luck and I hope we all get someone that will respond to us.



  3. I love the little people at the top of your blog! I know what you mean about this assignment. It makes me somewhat nervous since we have to rely on someone else to help us out. I am sure once we all get going, it will rewarding though. I also picked NIEER. It does look like a great resource. That was a great idea to follow them on your blog.


  4. I had a little difficulties with getting part two of the post. This week was little confussing to me as well glad I’m not the only one to think so


  5. I look forward to reading your future blog posts. Hopefully, you get responses from NAEYC soon. I’ll check back to see had any luck with them.


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