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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.



Codes of Ethics in the Early Childhood Field

The Division for Early Childhood Code of Ethics

The Division of Early childhood Code of ethics Is broken down into four sections.  Three of the four sections are what I thought would be included; professional development and preparation, responsive family practices, and ethical and evidence based practices.  I was suppressed by the professional collaboration section of Professional Practice.  I agree it should be an important part of the code.  It is critical for a program to function at it’s fullest potential that the we as professional collaborate, honor, and respect our colleagues.

The Division for Early Childhood. (2000, August). Code of ethics. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from


NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment

I feel the Core values and Statement of Commitment written by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) are great resources.  These two documents are quick resources that I would like to hang in my classroom as a reminder to myself and my staff of what really matters in our day.  This will help us rekindle our focus and purpose.

Core Values from the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct

Standards of ethical behavior in early childhood care and education are based on commitment to the follow- ing core values that are deeply rooted in the history of the field of early childhood care and education. We have made a commitment to

• Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle

• Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn
• Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family

• Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture,* community, and society

• Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague)
• Respect diversity in children, families, and colleagues • Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect

Statement of Commitment

As an individual who works with young children, I commit myself to furthering the values of early childhood education as they are reflected in the ideals and prin- ciples of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. To the best of my ability I will

  • Never harm children.
  • Ensure that programs for young children are based on current knowledge andresearch of child development and early childhood education.
  • Respect and support families in their task of nurturing children.
  • Respect colleagues in early childhood care and education and support them in maintaining the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • Serve as an advocate for children, their families, and their teachers in commu- nity and society.
  • Stay informed of and maintain high standards of professional conduct.
  • Engage in an ongoing process of self-reflection, realizing that personal character-istics, biases, and beliefs have an impact on children and families.
  • Be open to new ideas and be willing to learn from the suggestions of others.
  • Continue to learn, grow, and contribute as a professional.
  • Honor the ideals and principles of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.

NAEYC. (2005, April). Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

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Leadership – Advocacy – Reflection

I agree with Raymond Hernandez statement about leadership and advocacy, “it comes as you grow in your field” (Laureate Ed., 2010)  However, I feel we will not be able to grow without the added effort of self reflection.  I have included an article that was shared with me about the reflective practice.  In this article they discuss the importance of reflection and how you can affectively go through the process.

Video- Laureate Education, Inc. (2010). Professionalism, advocacy, and leadership in early childhood. Baltimore: Author.

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Leadership and Advocacy articles

I wanted to share these two articles that emphasize the importance of being a leader and an advocate for the field of early childhood education.  I feel it is an important part of our professional growth to reflect on how we see ourselves in these roles now and in the future.  Those of us who work in the early childhood field are already leaders and advocates.  The question is should we be doing even more?

Rigby, E., & Neuman, M. (2005, January). Making a difference: Leadership in early care and education policyBeyond the Journal: Young Children on the Web. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200501/Rigby.pdf

Scott, D. M. (2005, January). Early childhood leaders on leadershipBeyond the Journal: Young Children on the Web. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200501/Scott.pdf