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.