Saturday, March 7, 2015

Establishing Professional Contacts and Expanding Resources

I have lab colleagues who are from Hong Kong, Russia, and Turkey. I asked them to connect me to early childhood educators in their respective countries. I am waiting to hear from them to get connected to those professionals. I suppose it will take a while before I am able to conduct a pen-pal conversation with my international connections. I also asked my son who is teaching English in Beijing, China. He cautioned me that it would be most likely that they don’t speak English enough to correspond with me.

As for the early childhood website, I have chosen Center on the Developing Child because the Center’s goal fits my professional aspirations in public policy and advocacy. Their goal is “meaningful change in policy and practice that produces substantially larger impacts on the learning capacity, health, and economic and social mobility of vulnerable young children” (Center on the Developing Child, n.d. ¶4). They are also concerned about impacts on the whole society.

The Center shares a lot of resource on a wide-ranging area of topics. It has collaborative relationships with Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs.

I also would like to review Council for Exceptional Children as their focus is on children with special needs.


About the Center: Mission. (n.d.) Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Retrieved March 2015 from:


  1. Hi Marla,
    You chose three very interesting countries. I am really looking forward to learning about their early childhood practices from your posts.
    Your choice of the website is also interesting. They put out a lot of interesting publications on a variety of topics. I am looking forward to reading your blog!

  2. Hello,
    I think it is pretty neat that you have contacts in other countries. I do not and often wonder how those connections come about. It probably nice to have a son teaching in another country as well. Even if you cannot get a contact through him, you could probably find out a lot through him, like information about their education system and what he has observed. I wish you the best of luck on getting your contacts established. I am still waiting to hear from mine. Hopefully it will work out.
    Good Luck,