What is it about?
Research increasingly shows the importance of the early years for child development, the value of investment in early childhood development and the risks of inaction. The early years are critical for a child’s cognitive, emotional, linguistic and social development, which lay the foundation for later success in school, university and the workplace, as well as for physical and mental well-being. During these early years, development outcomes differ for children from middle- to high-income families and those from low-income families, and the gap widens as time progresses.
The King Baudouin Foundation, together with partner foundations from Europe and the United States (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lego Foundation, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Universal Education Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo, Foundation for Child Development, California Community Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, One America, Thrive by Five, Fondazione Cariplo, Bertelsmann Stiftung) have created the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years, bringing together leading scientists, practitioners, civil society members, business leaders and political decision-makers from Europe and North America. Forum participants will explore policies and projects supporting the early childhood development of children from migrant and low-income families.
The aim is to exchange newest research results, strategies, policies, innovations and best practices and create the opportunity to scale-up existing knowledge and evidence based research.
First Meeting (Ghent): Quality Early Childhood Services for All: Addressing Disparities in Access for Children from Migrant and Low-Income Families
Second Meeting (New York): Workforce Preparation and Curriculum Innovation
Third Meeting (Lisbon): Successful Parent and Family Engagement in the Early Years: Reaching out to Immigrant and Low-income Families
Fourth Meeting (Amsterdam): Evaluation issues in Early Childhood Education and Care: Choices and Implications for Diverse Populations
Fifth Meeting (Dublin): Integrated Systems for Children and Families – Continuity and Alignment of Services
Sixth Meeting (Washington DC): Multilingualism, Identity and Diversity in the Early Years
Seventh Meeting (Turin): Looking Ahead: Opportunities to Improve and Expand High-Quality Early Childhood Services for All
Eight Meeting (Berlin): Expanding Effective ECEC Services for Young Refugee Children