Past Events

WF Event AttendeesThe idea for a World Forum event was first visualized by Bonnie and Roger Neugebauer and Carmel and Rodney Kenner at a 1998 meeting in Sydney, Australia. To test the waters, the first World Forum on Early Care and Education was held in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1999. In 2002 it was decided the concept had merit and the venture was incorporated as the World Forum Foundation, a 501(c) 3 tax exempt corporation in the United States.

To date, the World Forum Foundation has:

  • organized 52 forums
  • in 34 countries
  • attended by over 10,000 early childhood professionals
  • serving over 2 million children in 151 countries.

World Forum on Early Care and Education Gatherings

2017, Auckland, New Zealand
2014, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2011, Honolulu, Hawaii
2009, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2005, Montreal, Canada
2003, Acapulco, Mexico
2002, Auckland, New Zealand
2001, Athens, Greece
2000, Singapore
1999, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Working Forums

2015 Working Forum OnDesign and Nature, New Zealand
2012 Working Forum on Children’s Rights, Moss, Norway
2012 Working Forum OnDesign, Berkeley, California, United States
2010 Action Forum on Nature Education, Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States
2008 Growing with Integrity: Working Forum on Managing Performance in Multi-Site Early Childhood Organization, Lihue, Hawaii, United States
2008 Working Forum on Nature Education: New Tools for Connecting the World’s Children with Nature, Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City, Nebraska
2008 Working Forum on Men in Early Childhood Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
2008 Working Forum on Teacher Educators, Auckland, New Zealand
2006 Working Forum on Nature Education, Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States
2006 Working Forum on Multi-Site Organizations, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006 Working Group on Peacebuilding with Young Children, Manizales, Columbia
2004 Working Group on Peacebuilding with Young Children, Belfast, Northern Ireland


THANK YOU to all 2017 World Forum delegates! It was an honor to share this experience with you.  Your wonderful messages to us about what this experience meant to you, and your inspiring comments in the 2017 World Forum evaluation, motivate us to work even harder to support the continuing growth of a caring and connected World Forum community.

To rekindle your memories of our time together, we proudly share these highlights of our time together in Auckland with you.

Bonnie and Roger Neugebauer

Memories abound from our experience together in Auckland, “40 Highlights of the 2017 World Forum.”


Highlight #40: A Summary of Delegate Evaluation of the 2017 World Forum

Highlight #39:
(coming soon!)

Highlight #38: Elsa Chahin Challenges Delegates to Care for Children without Homes

Highlight #37:
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Highlight #36: “Welcome to New Zealand and the World Forum” by Selena Fox

Highlight #35:  “Principles for Creating Environments that Support Joy and Resilience” presented by Nature Collaborative for Children and OnDesign Working Group

Highlight #34: Sponsor Greeting from Jo Kirchner, Primrose Schools

Highlight #33:  International Dance Playlist

Highlight #32: The Working Group on Children’s Rights presents “Images of Rights: Children’s Perspectives” project and the “Voices of Children” documentary project

Highlight #31:  “Nigerian Wellness Song” by Nigerian delegation

Highlight #30:  Building Connections to Promote Change in Africa” by Ebenezer Lartey

Highlight #29:  Building Connections to Promote Change in Bhutan” by Karma Gayleg

Highlight #28: History and Mission of the World Forum Foundation” by Roger Neugebauer

Highlight #27: Dance and Song Presentation by Fiji Delegation

Highlight #26: Leading Change closing remarks by Ivan Galindo

Highlight #25: Leading Change in South America by Maria Thereza Marcillo

Highlight #24: Leading Change in Asia by Nanditha Hettitantri

Highlight #23: Leading Change in Africa by Colani Magongo

Highlight #22: Leading Change in a Changing World introduction by Mark Elliott

Highlight #21: Lakeshore Video of Preparations for World Forum from Kevin Carnes

Highlight #20: “Welcome Home:  Weaving People, Values, and Stories to Create Community” by Bonnie Neugebauer

Highlight #19: Myanmar traditional dance

Highlight #18: Impact of the World Forum presentation by Carmen Hernaez

Highlight #17: Community Playthings presentation and video

Highlight #16: Leadership in Roma Community by Siniša Senad Musić

Highlight #15: Video remarks of Maria Clemencia Rodriquez Munera, First Lady of Colombia

Highlight #14: The Impact of the World Forum presentation by May Ajram

Highlight #13: Nancy Rosenow Presentation on Heart-Centered Leadership

Highlight #12: Traditional Maori Opening Ceremony

Highlight #11: Serving Children of Imprisoned Parents by Indira Ranamagar

Highlight #10: Petition Urging UN to Protect Young Children
View a PDF of the UN Petition


Highlight #9
: Impact of World Forum presentation by Laura Henry

Highlight #8: Dance performance by India delegation

Highlight #7: Leadership presentation by Analesi Tuicauma

Highlight #6: Poi demonstration by Roimata Rokx  and Ra Keelan

Highlight #5:  Leadership in Refugee Community presentation by Rana Ismael

Highlight #4:  Performance by Windsor School children

Highlight #3 – Children without Homes presentation by Elsa Chahin

Highlight #2 –  National Representatives Video

Highlight #1 – “Time to Say Goodbye” Closing Video

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Thank you to all the generous sponsors of the 2017 World Forum: