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: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/about/