Event Sponsors

Generous contributions through event sponsors helped support the 2017 World Forum as well as help underwrite the cost of fellowships awarded to early childhood professionals from situations with limited resources.

We are already planning Event Sponsorship’s for the 2019 World Forum!

If you are interested, please contact Ken Dobbs, or toll-free at +1 (844) 260-5805.

Thank you to our 2017 Lead Sponsor:

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Primrose Schools
Primrose Schools® is the leading provider of high-quality early education and care in the United States. Founded in 1982, Primrose pioneered the concept of educational child care. Today the company has more than 300 franchise locations and serves approximately 48,000 children.

Primrose delivers its exclusive Balanced Learning® approach in each school. Balanced Learning blends the top philosophies in early education for an unparalleled learning experience. Children develop academic skills along with creative, physical, social-emotional and skills for life. Passionate Franchise Owners and school staff partner with parents to ensure each child’s success.

It is Primrose Schools’ mission to create a brighter future for all children. The company advocates for access to early education, safety and quality child care standards through its CSR program, called the Primrose Promise. Primrose Schools is proud to celebrate its 35thanniversary with the World Forum on Early Care and Educationin 2017. Learn more.

Auckland Convention Bureau
Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) is a division of ATEED, the economic growth agency for the Auckland region. ACB will help you plan, organise and deliver an exceptional business event in Auckland – and their help is free. Whether you are a small New Zealand-based business or a large multinational, ACB can help you plan, organise and deliver an exceptional business event in Auckland. Learn More.

Community Playthings
Community Playthings is a leading manufacturer of play equipment and furniture for child care settings. The environments we create welcome children into spaces of beauty where they can explore, discover, and learn through play. Innovative designs and remarkable durability make our products the gold standard for early learning environments. Learn more.

*Dimensions Educational Research Foundation
Since 1998, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s mission has been to inspire children, families, and educators to connect more deeply with the world around them. Through research and collaborations with organizations across the country, Dimensions has been able to investigate how children’s connections with the natural world can affect wellness and development. This research has been used to provide research-based workshops, design consultations and field tested resources through Nature Explore, a collaborative program with the Arbor Day Foundation. Learn more.

* Dimensions is an Administrative Partner of the World Forum Foundation. 


Child Care Exchange
Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive – environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded.

For over 30 years, Exchange Press, Inc. has promoted the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through Exchange magazine, books, and training resources. Learn more.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children’s books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. Learn more.

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Lakeshore Learning Materials
Lakeshore is dedicated to creating innovative educational materials that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a lifelong love of learning. With materials for infants and toddlers through the 6th grade, we help children reach developmental milestones and achieve educational goals—while still having fun!

Lakeshore is proud to be a founding sponsor of the World Forum Foundation and all the wonderful work that it does. Learn more.


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For over 80 years, Mothercraft has provided education and training to early learning and care professionals from various service sectors in Toronto, Canada.  Mothercraft College offers an ECE Diploma program and professional development sessions in the community. The agency also delivers early intervention supports, family resource programs, and licensed child care services to families with children under the age of 6 years. Mothercraft is an accredited children’s mental health centre (CCA) and has a strong commitment to research and evaluation. Mothercraft’s Community Data Group has provided data analysis support to early years centres across Ontario, Canada and also led the collection and dissemination of the Early Development Instrument results in Toronto. Learn more. 


Teaching Strategies
Teaching Strategies provides the most innovative and effective curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through third grade. For nearly 30 years, Teaching Strategies has helped early childhood programs build a strong foundation that helps ensure children’s success in school and life. Learn more.

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*New Zealand Tertiary College
New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) is a private college specialising in early childhood teacher education both in New Zealand and around the world. Based in New Zealand, with campuses in Auckland and Christchurch, and an office in Mumbai, India, NZTC delivers internationally recognised qualifications ranging from introductory level certificate through to Master’s degrees. NZTC is looking forward to celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017, as the College continues to empower students with high quality, professional qualifications that enable them to become effective early childhood educators. Learn more.

* NZTC is an Administrative Partner of the World Forum Foundation. 


HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization with headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan. HighScope’s mission is to lift lives through education. We envision a world in which all educational settings use active participatory learning so everyone has a chance to succeed in life and contribute to society. Learn more.

ICF is a global consulting, research and technical assistance company dedicated to making big things happen for our clients!  Our tailored education services are research based and culturally relevant and customized to meet complex challenges.  We offer hands-on, innovative approaches and solutions , leveraging our diverse talents across our global teams to bring the very best thinking to our clients every day.  ICF’s team includes leading experts, specialists and thought leaders to tackle problems and accomplish even the most seemingly impossible challenges.  We bring our passion, talents and expertise to help shape a brighter future for children, families and communities around the world. Learn more.

Jitbug is a mobile app that connects early childhood centres/kindergartens with relief teachers. For Head Teachers/Centre Managers, our algorithm and push notifications allows you to find a relief teacher instantly. For Relief Teachers, our calendar allows you to set unavailable dates and manage your schedule easily. To find out more, visit www.jitbug.co.nz and discover why we’re NZ’s most preferred reliever management system. Learn more.

Storypark helps every child to fulfill their unique potential by connecting and empowering the community around them.

Built with the guidance of experts and practitioners from around the world, their software helps facilitate more reflective, evidence-based, quality practice.

Storypark’s private online communities travel with children from birth to school and extend professional development opportunities for educators.

Their organisation is helping children, educators, families and organisations to work more effectively together in over 20 countries.

As well as being partners with the World Forum and ChildcareExchange, they are the preferred partner of Early Childhood New Zealand, the Early Learning Association of Australia and the Canadian Child Care Federation. Learn more.

From its office in Brookline, MA, studioMLA Architects provides national and international clients with high quality architecture, landscape, and interior design that help bring positive change to organizations and communities. We strive to be active listeners and creative collaborators, and to fully meet the needs of our clients, incorporating unique elements of each organization’s culture into our designs.

We specialize in designing children’s spaces both indoors and out and have completed successful projects across the globe including the US and Canada, UK and Ireland, India and Japan.

We are proud to support the World Forum and its mission in promoting a global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.

As a noble initiative, Ms. Masarrat Tavawalla, Director, Sunderji’s Institutions, Pune, India, is sponsoring eco friendly pencils (made from 100% recycled newspapers) for the delegates at the conference. Learn more.