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, over 4,000 early childhood professionals from more than 80 countries have participated in the following World Forum gatherings:

World Forum on Early Care and Education Gatherings

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

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