Basic services for young children are internationally covered by the term ECEC: Early Childhood Education and Care. Within this area, several practices and research results are worth discussing.
The Transatlantic Forum collects and discusses current issues in ECEC with a focus on children in the context of migration and/or poverty.
Input from research and practice provide a good starting point for discussion among policymakers, researchers and practitioners on the most urgent challenges on quality and inclusion.
Together with MPI, the US Migration Policy Institute, VBJK is in charge of defining the content and programme for several international conferences. MPI and VBJK also look for the most inspiring speakers in research practice and policymaking on different levels (regional, national and European).
Both the preliminary preparation and the reporting afterwards is being taken care of by MPI and VBJK.
7 conferences, 6 theme’s
Every conference focuses on a relevant theme for children and families in the context of poverty and/or migration. With every conference you can find a synthesis as well as all presentations and a short video report.
- January 2013 | Ghent (Belgium) | on accessibility
- July 2013 | New York (US) | on professionalisation and curriculum innovation
- January 2014 | Lisbon (Portugal) | on parent involvement
- June – July 2014 | Amsterdam (Netherlands) | on evaluation & monitoring
- January 2015 | Dublin (Ireland) | on integrated systems & transitions
- June 2015 | Washington DC (US) | on multilinguism & diversity
- February 2016 | Turin (Italy) | closing conference - main conclusions
The main conclusions and recommendations, aimed at ECEC for families in the context of poverty and/or migration, were collected in a brochure.