World Forum Values Program

Connecting local programs worldwide focusing on the importance of children, change, relationships, differences and spirit”

Join an international community of local programs serving young children. The World Forum Values Program Community provides an opportunity for you to connect your local ECD program to a community of early childhood leaders worldwide who value children.

The World Forum Foundation was created with the idea that good things would happen for children of the world if early childhood professionals could come together, share stories and perspectives, and develop ongoing relationships.

Since 1999, the World Forum Foundation has connected people from around the world who are passionate about improving the lives of all children, learning from one another, informing, engaging and inspiring the adults who support children’s growth and development. Through this ongoing exchange of ideas, perspectives are broadened, and our World Forum values are brought to life.

The World Forum community values Children, Change, Relationships, Differences and Spirit. Each person touched by the World Forum demonstrated these values in the context of their own program, community and experiences. The World Forum Values Program enables ECD programs who share these values to connect with each other and commit to keep the values alive in their own program.


Connect your local ECD program with the World Forum Community and a network of early childhood leaders from around the world.


Engage in an international exchange of ideas about how values guide and inspire our work with children.


Display the Recognized World Forum Foundation Values Program logo in your program and be listed among likeminded ECD programs on the World Forum website.


What are the benefits of officially joining the World Forum Values Program Community and becoming a World Forum Foundation Recognized Values Program?

  • Personally connect with and learn from other early childhood programs around the world about important early childhood topics
  • Opportunities for direct program to program engagement by attending Values Program Meet-Ups at World Forum events, connecting virtually through periodic Zoom calls, and dialogue online through a special Facebook group.
  • Take virtual tours of other Recognized Values Programs around the world and have access to videos that share children’s songs and activities.
  • Receive extended access to online content from World Forum events for use in your staff professional development activities. 
  • Be recognized as a World Forum Values Program on the World Forum Foundation website and have access to use the logo in your local program.


To become a Recognized World Forum Foundation Values Program, you must:

  • Be a program in good standing with applicable regulatory standards, that provides direct early childhood services to children.
  • Complete the online orientation and application process.
  • Discuss the World Forum Values with your local program staff and choose a commitment that will help your program live into the World Forum Values in the coming year.
  • Then share your program’s commitment and a video from your program. The video can be a brief center tour, a children’s song, or a favorite children’s activity.

An annual renewal application will be required to maintain active status as a Recognized World Forum Foundation Values Program, and will serve as an opportunity to stay engaged with the international community of Recognized Values Programs.

Cost to become a Recognized World Forum Foundation Program

The World Forum Values Program recognition and application process is designed for individual centers, schools, or site locations. We encourage site leaders from each individual location to engage their staff in the Values Program application process so that it is individualized for each center, school or site location..

The application fee is based on country with a sliding scale fee that is between $30 to $90 per site.

If you are a multi-site program that has questions about how to apply for more than one location at the same time, please reach out to [email protected] for further discussion.