The international organizations listed below have joined together to support the World Forum on Early Care and Education as members of the World Forum Alliance.
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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the UnitedStates’ largest organization of early childhood teachers and others working with children from birth through age eight. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has over 100,000 members and a national network of nearly 450 local, state, and regional Affiliates. NAEYC and its Affiliates work to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education and to build public support for high-quality early childhood programs.
NAEYC also accredits child care, preschool and other early education programs through the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation. More than 8,000 programs – serving nearly three-quarters of a million young children – are accredited by NAEYC. In addition, NAEYC publishes the journal, Young Children and more than 100 other publications including books, brochures, manuals, posters and video tapes; holds conferences and other professional development programs including the NAEYC annual conference with more than 25,000 attendees; and is active in public policy advocacy at national, state and local levels.
OMEP is an international, non-governmental and non-profit organisation concerned with all aspects of early childhood education and care (ECEC).
OMEP defends and promotes the rights of the child to education and care worldwide and supports activities which improve accessibility to high quality education and care. OMEP is currently established in over 60 countries and is represented at meetings of UNESCO, UNICEF, and other international organisations with similar aims.
Working for Children Worldwide – Activities of OMEP
- Promotes study and research related to ECEC;
- Organises international and regional conferences and symposia;
- Disseminates information about ECEC all over the world through the publication of the International Journal of Early Childhood;
- Encourages the training of personnel for ECEC;
- Encourages family education in connection with ECEC
UNESCO promotes a holistic approach to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) with the aim of implementing the vision of the Jomtien Declaration on Education for All (1990), namely that learning begins at birth. Assisting Member States to achieve the Dakar Goal 1 on ECCE to expand access, improve quality and ensure equity is the ultimate goal of UNESCO’s early childhood programs which consist of three main areas of activities: national policy reviews; capacity building through the active training of government officials on early childhood policy development and implementation; and knowledge building through the regular publication and dissemination of the bi-monthly series of Policy Brief on Early Childhood.
- The aim of the national policy reviews is to assist Member States to identify concrete measures to develop or improve each country’s early childhood policies. In 2004-5, UNESCO implemented the Policy Review Project, jointly with the OECD, and reviewed the early childhood policies in Brazil, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Kenya. In the upcoming years, this policy review activity will continue and be expanded to more countries.
- UNESCO also undertakes capacity building exercises for government officials to strengthen their technical capacity to develop, improve and implement national early childhood policies. These capacity building seminars are conducted to increase their understanding of early childhood within the context of Education For All (EFA) and share different policy options and strategies for promoting equitable access to quality early childhood services.
- UNESCO also supports the policy development in this field through the bi-monthly publication of UNESCO Early Childhood Policy Briefs, which is a series of flash notes that seek to answer various questions on the planning and implementation of early childhood policy issues. The Policy Briefs are available online at: http://www.unesco.org/education/earlychildhood/brief
The RISE Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Washington, DC. RISE also has a branch office in Colombia, South America.
The RISE Institute was founded in November 2001 to support activities for education and early childhood development in countries affected by conflict or extreme poverty. Activities include designing and evaluating innovative programs, providing advisory services for nations and international organizations, conducting action research, and holding training workshops. The RISE Institute has a Core Group of six senior specialists, an Advisory Board, and several RISE Associates.
In collaboration with several RISE Associates, the Core Group of The RISE Institute has produced books, chapters and articles; held an international conference at the Inter-American Development Bank; conducted advisory services and training workshops in many nations; prepared several evaluations and field reports; and given talks at international conferences.
About Daycare Trust
Daycare Trust is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales.
Daycare Trust is the national childcare charity. We have been working since November 1986 to promote high quality affordable childcare for all. We know how important it is to make the right decision about childcare for your child and we hope that, through our information and services, we can help you to find out more.
Our campaigning work continues to focus on childcare affordability, listening to parents and keeping children at the centre.
Daycare Trust is:
- Influential – in leading the national childcare campaign through high quality research, developing credible policy recommendations through publications and the media, and by working with others.
- Expert – at promoting quality childcare and providing information and support to parents, carers and others involved in the childcare sector to enable them to make good choices and improve services.
- Representative – in ensuring the childcare needs and entitlements of children and parents are voiced and heard.
Our Mission – Daycare Trust is the national childcare charity, campaigning for quality, accessible, affordable childcare for all and raising the voices of children, parents and carers. We advise parents and carers, providers, employers, trade unions and policymakers on childcare issues.
We recognise that everyone is unique and we value the difference in our communities. We listen to all views and are committed to act without prejudice. We oppose all discrimination and promote equality in all we do.
Our Vision – Daycare Trust’s objective is to secure access to high quality affordable childcare for all children in Great Britain where and when they and their parents want and need it, at a price their parents can afford.
Despite the advances in recent years, particularly with the National Childcare Strategy, there remains a considerable way to go before this is achieved. By ‘childcare’ we mean arrangements parents make for their children when they are not looking after the children themselves; this could be in individual or group care in a variety of settings, including at home.
Quality childcare involves learning through play. Our vision is of a children’s centre in every community offering integrated childcare and early education with a range of other services for families. Children’s centres would link to childminding networks and other home-based and community-based childcare.
Schools become increasingly important as nursery schools link to reception classes and extended schools provide a variety of services for families, including childcare for older children. Parents’ choices would be extended by increasing paid parental leave, especially early in a child’s life, and the offer of flexible working conditions.
Equalities, diversity and inclusion are central to our objectives and will inform and underpin all our work. Identifying, understanding and breaking down the barriers to participation and belonging is key to achieving ‘childcare for all’. This should be incorporated in all that we do.
The Mother Child Education Foundation (ACEV), founded in 1993, is a Turkish non-governmental organization which has vast research, program development, program implementation and advocacy experience in early childhood and adult education. Through strategic partnerships, to date AÇEV has been able to reach hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries with its scientifically-based training programs. We at ACEV believe that:
- equal opportunity in education must be created for all individuals,
- education must begin in the early years and continue throughout the entire lifecycle
- both children and their families need to be supported for lasting positive outcomes. In order to turn these beliefs into a reality, ACEV has dedicated itself to reaching those who have limited access to educational and economic resources both on a national and international level.
To date ACEV has:
- trained 7,000 trainers and through them served 609,000 people through long-term, face-to-face education programs aimed at children, families and illiterate women.
- reached 7,500,000 viewers through TV programs aimed at children, families, and women.
- reached an estimated 40,000,000 people through publications, research, and mass-media advocacy activities.
The Association for Childhood Education International is the oldest professional organization of its kind in the world. Established in 1892, ACEI’s mission is to promote the inherent rights, education and well being of all children, from infancy through early adolescence, in the home, school and community. It is a member-driven association, guided by a dynamic philosophy of education that is flexible and responsive to human needs in a changing society.
The mission is supported by six purposes:
- To promote the inherent rights, education and well-being of
all children in their homes, schools, and communities
- To work for desirable conditions, programs, and practices for
children from infancy through early adolescence.
- To bring into active cooperation all individuals and groups
concerned with children
- To raise the standard of preparation for those actively involved
with the care and development of children
- To encourage continuous professional growth of educators
- To focus the public’s attention on rights and needs of children
and the ways various programs must be adjusted to fit those rights
To achieve these proposes, ACEI has created hundreds of products, services, publications, and programs that foster the professional growth of educators and help meet the needs of children. ACEI members are involved in thousands of activities each year, from educating the public to performing community services.
The Pacific Preschool Council was formed in 1980 at the first ever
gathering of Pacific ECE stakeholders that was held in Suva, Fiji.
The Workshop was funded by NCK Holland and organised by the Young Women’s Christian Association Pacific Office as a result of requests from numerous preschool teachers in the region. The direct outcomes of this workshop were:
- The formation of the Pacific Preschool Council
- The establishment of the Pacific Preschool Certificate Course
in 1982 with Continuing Education, University of the South Pacific,
after a Writers’ Workshop in 1981.
The Council membership comprise of all National Preschool / Early Childhood Associations in the 12 Pacific Island Countries served by the University of the South Pacific. The main goal of the Council is to work closely with the University of the South Pacific and island governments to promote the development of quality early childhood services in the region through teacher training, community awareness, development of national ECE policies and Curriculum Guidelines as well as advocacy.
The Council has organised 4 conferences/workshops since its inception where national preschool association representatives as well as Ministries of Education officials have participated. The first was in 1985 [Fiji], the second in 1987 [Tonga], the third one in 1990 [Vanuatu] and the most recent one was in 1995 [Samoa]. UNICEF Pacific organized a Conference in June 2004 at USP for Pacific ECE Coordinators and Ministries of Education and Health representatives where the focus was on children 0-3 years of age. Resource people included Dr Cliff Meyers from the UNICEF Bangkok Office. It is planned to hold the next Conference in 2007. All these conferences/workshops have been made possible through generous funding from the UNICEF Pacific Office.
The idea of providing an advanced ECE course was mooted at the 1985 Conference/Workshop. However, this did not happen until 1992. The result of the 1987 Conference was the translation of the Pacific Preschool Course into the Vernacular [I-Kiribati and Tongan] to make the course more accessible to village women. After the 1990 Conference the Diploma in ECE was offered by USP as well as the establishment of the 5 year Non-Formal ECE Project with USP. The Project, through the use of IEC materials, aimed at strengthening the national associations in their ECE in-country activities. Relevant posters, simple publications and a quarterly Newsletter were produced by the Project. However, these activities and the Project were discontinued after 5 years when funding from UNICEF ceased.
Currently the Council keeps in contact with its members through letters and emails and when the Secretary visits island countries to conduct Summer Schools or ECE workshops.
At the Pacific Ministers for Education [including Australia and New Zealand] meeting held at the Forum Secretariat in Suva in 2002, the Pacific Preschool Council was invited to mount a display for the two days. The Council was able to distribute some World Forum brochures and postcards to the Ministers and their groups that attended this important meeting. The Council Secretary also made a presentation as member of a two-member consultant group, on the impact of early childhood education as well as its current status in the Pacific.
The Council is encouraging member national associations to work in close collaboration with their respective governments in reviewing and developing national ECE policies and Curriculum Guidelines to further improve the quality of early childhood services being offered to young children and their families in these small Pacific Island Countries.
The National Children’s Nurseries Association (NCNA) is a National Voluntary Childcare Organisation based in Dublin, Ireland.
It is a charity, registered with the Irish Revenue Authorities representing a membership of over 600 childcare facilities country wide. In addition to funding derived from membership fees, publications income and training revenue, the NCNA is funded by the Irish Government and part funded by the European Union Structural Funds under the National Development Plan 2000-2006.
Our Vision - That all children have access to quality child-centred childcare
Our Strategic Priorities:
- Supporting the delivery and development of quality childcare
- Developing the capacity of the NCNA to proactively meet the needs of our
- Building strategic partnerships at local, regional and national levels
- Representing full day-care providers at policy level
Our Mission – To promote, represent and advocate excellence in full-day and school-age childcare services to support our members in reaching the highest standards in early childhood care and education to ensure that parents and children have quality child-centred services to access. In order to achieve our vision and mission we focus on the following objectives:
Our High Level Objectives:
- To develop the capacity of NCNA to achieve our agreed vision of accessible
and affordable quality child-centred childcare for all children
- To develop an identity for the NCNA in today’s childcare environment
- To represent childcare providers at national, regional and local levels
and use our expertise to influence policy makers and to be “The”
professional representative body for full day-care and school-age care.
- To support the development and sustainability of childcare.
- To support our growing membership in terms of training and advice to ensure
we are meeting the needs of full day-care providers, their staff and parents.
- To continue to develop our range of products and services and act as a value
added resources to our members.
- To develop a network of strategic partners and to work collaboratively with
other agencies and organisations to show our commitment to quality childcare
The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CGECCD) – established in 1983 – is an international consortium comprised of multi and bi-lateral donor agencies and international foundations and NGOs, national and regional institutions and networks, and academic/educational institutions and organizations that advocate and support program and policy development for young children (0–8) at risk.
The Consultative Group’s mission is to improve early childhood policy and practice focusing on children in disadvantaged circumstances. We do this by promoting a wider dialogue among practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, and national and international agencies; through the analysis, synthesis and dissemination of knowledge and through coordinated advocacy.
Key Objectives of the Consultative Group include to:
- Contribute to the development of a diverse global knowledge base on
ECCD through analysis, synthesis and dissemination which is accessible and used by a wide range of actors and stakeholders.
- Facilitate a broad-based global understanding of the critical importance of ECCD to social development and poverty reduction and advocate for improved investments, policies and actions to support the holistic development of young children.
- Strengthen national and regional capacities to generate and
disseminate knowledge, share information and advocate for the support of children’s overall development.
The main terms of participation in the Consultative Group includes active collaboration in and contribution to CG core activities and/or joint initiatives including provision of financial support. The Consultative Group operates through a Secretariat supported by an Executive Board comprised of CGECCD Partners. The CG draws on its diverse partners as well as others’ work, knowledge and expertise to actively identify gaps, critical issues and emerging areas of need and interest related to ECCD; enhance our awareness-raising, advocacy, and dissemination efforts; and broaden participation in the work of the CGECCD.
We believe that it is critical to promote a diverse and creative range of ECCD activities that link different sectors, are more inclusive and better address young children’s needs and circumstances in the context of the family and/or community.
ChildFund International is inspired and driven by the potential that is inherent in all children; the potential not only to survive but to thrive, to become leaders who bring positive change for those around them.
The heart of ChildFund International remains the one-to-one connection made through child sponsorship. Our work began in 1938 with an effort to build orphanages for the children who had been left without homes or families in the wake of the second Sino-Japanese War.
These orphanages were funded by individuals in America who “sponsored” an orphaned child in China. This approach continues today.
What began as a modest effort to build and operate orphanages, has evolved into a global force working for children encompassing the globe. Our area of excellence and great strength is our deep understanding of children’s experiences of deprivation, exclusion and vulnerability, and our dedication to placing those experiences at the center of our policy and practice.
We work in 31 countries, assisting approximately 15.2 million children and their family members, regardless of race, creed or gender. Our distinctive approach focuses on working with children throughout their journey from birth to young adulthood, as well as with families, local organizations and communities globally to create the environments children need to thrive.
What is the CAYC?
The Canadian Association for Young Children (CAYC) was granted it’s Federal Charter in 1974. To this day, the CAYC is the only national association specifically concerned with the well being of children, birth through age nine – at home, in preschool settings
and at school.
Members of this multi-disciplinary association include parents, teachers, caregivers, administrators, students and all those wishing to share ideas and participate in activities related to the education and welfare of young children.
The Aims of the CAYC
- To influence the direction and quality of policies and programs
that affects the development and well being of young children
- To provide as forum for the members of Canada’s early childhood
communities to support one another in providing developmentally
appropriate programs for young children.
- To promote and provide opportunities for professional development
for those charged with the care and education of young children.
- To promote opportunities for effective liaison and collaboration
with all those responsible for young children.
- To recognize outstanding contributions to the well being of
The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) is a membership organization that connects professionals and organizations working in Early Childhood Development (ECD). Established in the Netherlands in 1999, ISSA’s network today stretches across the globe. While ISSA offers general membership and information-sharing to all interested individuals and organizations, ISSA’s core members are non-governmental organizations, located in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe and Central Asia.
ISSA’s overarching goal is to promote inclusive, quality care and education experiences that create the conditions for all children to become active members of a democratic knowledge society. ISSA accomplishes this through: raising awareness of the importance of quality care and education, developing resources, disseminating information, advocating, strengthening alliances, and building capacity to create conditions where all children thrive.
NAECCEM was initiated since 1999. Prior to this, already in existence is The Kindergarten Association (Children ages 4-6) since 1968 and The Child Care Providers Association (children ages 0-4) since 1986.
It’s an umbrella body that aims to act in the interest of children from birth to eight years old.
A non-profit, non government organisation NAECCEM aims to promote the provision of high quality services for all young children and their families through competent, trained child care professionals. To emphasise the importance of quality care and social justice -
the rights of the child.
This is a member driven association and aims to fulfill its mission through advocacy at the National and State level, to create suitable product services, publications, dissemination of suitable quality publications and resource materials and organising quality programs
for the development of Malaysian Early Childhood professionals.
To affiliate with Early Childhood Organisations internationally for exchange of “best practices” information.
- To upgrade the quality and raise the standard of Early Care
and Education of young Children through desirable conditions.
- To provide opportunities for professional development and encourage
constant self-development of educators.
- To encourage active co-operation amongst all organisations in
the country working for the cause of young children.
- To advocate and influence the direction of policy makers and
agencies at the National level with regard to programs that affect
the development of young children.
- To promote opportunities of effective affiliation and collaboration
with other organisations internationally.
Our mission is to improve the lives of children and families throughout the world, enabling them to survive and succeed. Since 1981, ICRI has been providing services for families and children locally and around the world. ICRI provides technical assistance and consultation to a wide variety of national and international organizations, businesses, governments, non-profits and others interested in such children’s issues as child care, child abuse prevention, child survival, maternal and child health, placement alternatives for abandoned and traumatized children and the promotion of children’s rights.
Using an extensive information base of model national and international children’s programs, ICRI is able to bring the best from around the world to each consultation or project. The most up-to-date and appropriate data regarding programs, needs assessments, curricula, facility development, program implementation and evaluation, training, cost effectiveness, tax advantages and more is incorporated into each contract or project.
ICRI has developed partnerships with child and family projects in more than 35 countries and has 52 field representatives in countries around the world including the United States, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Netherlands, and Sweden.
The ICRI credo is, “We only go where we are invited.” ICRI works with local groups who have identified a specific need for children and families. The local group requests ICRI’s assistance then outlines ICRI’s involvement and the unique benefits of partnership. ICRI’s Board then selects projects that best fit the organization’s mission and make the most of our skills and expertise.
In 1987, DECS Secretary Quisumbing set up the Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Education or CONCEP as advisory body to DEC on Early Childhood Education. Selected preschool educators became the founding members and the current DECS-BEE Director as Chairman. Dr. Lily Rodrigo-Canlas, President of Association of Early Childhood Education.
The CONCEP, Inc. envision a diverse, national community of preschool educators at the leading edge of educational innovation, forging symergy in managing, administering, and developing programs for the success of all learners at the preschool level.
The CONCEP, Inc. mission is to develop a private educational group of school administrators, CEO’s, directors and prncipals of preschools in the Philippines forging covenants in teaching and learning through a total quality management of preschool resources towards a voluntary process of accreditation.
To achieve that mission, CONCEP provides its members with resources and contacts to foster the professional development and becoming an educational leader for the students.
It aims to provide its members CONCEP: Annual Conference offers several information packed sessions in an attractive setting; Newsletter a scholarly journal with latest updates of events, discussion of relevant issues, policies, procedures, programs research, trends, ideas and strategies towards the improvement of the preschool education, is available by subscription and provided to members of substantialmsavings; Sponsored Networks offers an opportunity to participate with colleagues in exploring specific subject areas or field of interest.
Human Resource Development Program is available to schools, administrators, teachers and human resource personnel who want to provide the best possible staff development.
It is in this vein that CONCEP assumes a role of providing its members with resources and contacts for professional development and eventually became leaders for the students, hence a need for an organized and developed private group of school administrators, directors, principals, teachers of preschools in the Philippines to forge covenants in teaching and learning through quality of preschool resources which are directed towards a voluntary process of accreditation.
An empowered partnership between the Department of Education (Dep Ed) CONCEP, Inc. is an affirmation of the importance of quality preschool education for national development.
CONCEP is now a member of WF Alliance and WF National Representative in the Philippines.
The Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) is a national non-profit organization funded by membership fees, publication advertising, direct sales, government agencies and private foundations.
The overall mission of the CCCF is to improve the quality of child care services for Canadian families.
CCCF is a national membership based organization that provides information, education, policy research and development to direct service providers (including child care organizations), educational institutions, government policymakers and public opinion leaders.
CCCF has a governance structure of Member Council including representatives of the CCCF’s provincial/territorial affiliate organizations and a Board of Directors, elected from and by the Member Council.
The goals of the CCCF are:
- Providing information to and facilitating “networking”
among a broad range of target groups.
- Our services and programs are targeted to direct service providers, child care organizations, educational institutions, government policymakers and public opinion leaders.
- Supporting initiatives that increase the skill, expertise and
awareness of the target groups in their respective roles in support
of improved quality of child care services. This focus on education
is built into many of its initiatives and actions.
- Increasing its focus on policy and research, influencing the
child care policy framework and supporting research to improve
the quality of child care services.
The Association for Early Childhood Education and Development (AECED) is a national body registered in 2008. It was formerly known as the Indian Association for Preschool Education (IAPE).
IAPE was established in 1064 with the intention of bringing together professionals in the field of early childhood education in the interest of the young children. It was instrumental in empowering concerned adults in creating a joyful childhood for each and every child through professional development workshops and courses for preschool teachers. Considering the diverse demands of the fast-paced socio-economic changes and increasing aspirations of parents and teachers in varied settings, it was imperative to extend the scope of the organization’s efforts for the young children.
AECED offers a broad spectrum of activities through the year to advocate the child’s right to education. Focus of these programmes will aim o build and increase awareness of the young child’s developmental and educational needs as well as promote holistic development of each child in the country.
More information coming soon