About Us

Our Mission

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.


Our Core Values

The World Forum Foundation’s core values are exemplified by the words:

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:

World 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):

Working 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 gathering

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 Global Leaders for Young Children 2019-2020 to read more. For more information, please contact Mark Elliott or Laurie Hand.

Are you interested in becoming a Global Leader? Please download and email your application to Katrice Russell.


Bonnie’s Global Cafe
Bonnie and Roger Neugebauer, Founders of the World Forum Foundation, welcome you to visit, have coffee, meet friends old and new, share conversation and news and be a community to one another.

Working Groups
Working Groups each focus on a specific topic (such
as Children’s Rights), post relevant information, and coordinate work projects that invite broad participation.