About Us

The mission of the World Forum Foundation is to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.

World Forum Values: Children, Change, Relationships, Spirit, DifferencesCore Values

The World Forum Foundation’s core values are exemplified by the words: Children. Change. Relationships. Spirit. Differences.

All who care about the well-being of the world’s children are invited to participate. Leadership is collaborative, globally diverse, provided by a multitude of diverse volunteers and a small, dedicated staff.

The World Forum Foundation mission is accomplished through…


The World Forum Foundation hosts three types of in-person gatherings:

Speaker ImageWorld Forum on Early Care and Education
Early childhood professionals and advocates from more than 80 countries meet to share inspiration and information on issues impacting children and families worldwide.

Working Forums

Each Forum, hosted by a Working Group, focuses on one specific issue relevant to early childhood professionals.

Global Leaders Meetings
Early childhood advocates and practitioners chosen to serve as Global Leaders for Young Children meet for training on advocacy and leadership.



Much of the Foundation’s activities are carried out by these dedicated groups  of volunteers (access the Connection Center for more information):

Smiling PeopleWorking Groups
Organized to focus on a specific topic (e.g. Children’s Rights) each group of globally diverse professionals coordinates focused work projects and invites others to join. This work is posted on the World Forum Foundation Connection Center. Groups meet in person during World Forum events and hold virtual meetings between gatherings.

Global Leaders for Young Children
Early childhood professionals recognized as emerging leaders receive leadership training and financial support for small, yet impactful projects they carry out in their own countries.

Click Here to learn more about Global Leaders for Young Children 2016-18.

Are you interested in becoming a Global Leader? Click here to download the application. Please email your application to Mark Elliott at [email protected].

Connection Center

The World Forum Foundation Connection Center is an up-to-the-minute online source for connecting with the latest global thinking on issues impacting early childhood education. Generous sponsor organizations fund the creation of new resources monthly. Connection Center participants are invited to:

WFF_CCJoin the Conversations
Lively discussions on subjects relevant to the global early childhood field encourage diverse participation and idea sharing.

Explore Global Perspectives
Provocative writings from the World Forum community and interactive projects from Global Leaders for Young Children spark new thinking.

Engage in Focused Work
Working Group leadership teams, each focused on a specific topic (such as Children’s Rights) post relevant information and coordinate work projects that invite broad participation.