Local Early Childhood Specialist Attends International Conference on Early Care and Education

Sheila Maldonado, ChildFund Bolivia`s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Specialist, joined 841 ECD leaders and practitioners from 81 nations at the tenth World Forum on Early Care and Education held May 6 – 9, 2014, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The aim of the event was to discuss the delivery of quality services to young children globally and to develop action plans for guaranteeing quality services in diverse settings.


“For children of the world to have promising futures,” said Sheila, “early childhood programs must meet their needs for optimal growth and development. By attending the World Forum, I had the unique opportunity to network with early childhood leaders from six continents and share ideas about what quality really means. After 7 years I came back to World Forum, to share results of my advocacy project as Global Leader of the 2007-2008 cohort”. Recently, a draft law on Early Childhood in Bolivia has been developed with the participation of members of PROCOSI net (Integral Health Coordination Program), where ChildFund Bolivia is member and Sheila was designated to contribute to that important work.

Nutrition and ECD.

In the M&E session on ECD and Growth for children under five years old developed and implemented in Bolivia, demonstrated the importance in linking the efforts of both parents and the community, “It is very important to involve parents and community to achieve best results with friendly tools and respecting culture to insure the promotion and application of the best child care practices”. “This topic is near and dear to my heart,” said Sheila “because every child, regardless of their physical or intellectual challenges, deserves all the help they need to meet their full potential.”

Presentations were made at the World Forum by more than 250 early childhood professionals from all over the world, including Afghanistan, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Myanmar, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar and Zimbabwe.

Topics discussed during the event included: Immigration, Children’s Rights, Indigenous People, Universal Principles of Early Childhood Curriculum, Nature and Young Children, Cultural Diversity, Infants and Toddlers, Technology for Teacher Education and Professional Development, Trends and Models in Interior Environments, Children with Special Needs, Play, Peace Education, Men in Early Childhood Education, Advocacy, Public Policy, Observation, Care of Children Outside of Centers, Responding to Disaster/Emergency Situations, Empowering Parents as Advocates, Parent Partnerships, Nutrition, Brain Development, Leadership, Art Education, Ongoing Assessment, Multi-Lingual Education, Quality versus Sustainability, and much more. Nutrition and ECD integrated.


The mission of the World Forum Foundation, a tax-exempt, non profit organization, is to promote an ongoing global exchange of ideas on the delivery of high-quality services for young children in diverse settings.  Additional information about the World Forum Foundation is available at www.WorldForumFoundation.org.

For further information, contact:

Sheila Maldonado smaldonado@bolivia.childfund.org


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