New Early Childhood Workforce Initiative launches its website
A new global initiative co-hosted by ISSA and Results for Development Institute (R4D) is now online. Both organisations are very happy to share this new online platform which promotes knowledge and information on the Early Childhood workforce. The website is meant for those who work for and with professionals and children under eight years old and their families and aims to be used as: A Knowledge Hub – Practitioners, policy makers, experts have access to various kinds of publications on the Early Childhood workforce, from research studies to tools and policy documents, from country to regional and global focus. A News Center – The latest reports, upcoming conferences, webinars and other relevant information are being published regularly under this section. A Joint Learning Platform – Core to this initiative is the focus on cross-country learning, through sharing experiences and challenging each other in a world with no borders. Internet allows this thanks to tools such as webinars that welcome every early childhood practitioner and expert wishing to contribute and learn more about the topic. With this aim, ISSA and R4D have recently organized the initiative’s first webinar on Diversity and Identity and their impact on early childhood policies and on the recognition of the profession. Blogging – Readers and other users can follow the blog of the website to stay informed on recent activities and read other professionals’ comments and opinions. As an example, the moderator of the last webinar, the international education consultant Anais Loizillon, has posted an article inspired by the first webinar. Seven speakers from various sectors around the world presented findings from different studies that covered from working conditions in Malaysia to new assessment tools for the medical sector in Mexico. The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative approaches the workforce issue in a holistic, multi-sectoral manner and focuses on those who work with families and children from pre-birth to 8 years of age, such as home visitors, teachers, paraprofessionals, as well as those who supervise and mentor frontline workers: trainers, coaches, program managers. By engaging existing and emerging regional early childhood networks, as well as policymakers and other relevant groups, the initiative supports joint learning activities, knowledge creation and sharing, and advocacy across countries and at the country level. These activities relate to four thematic areas: competences and standards; training and professional development; monitoring and mentoring, and recognition of the profession. Learn more about the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative and visit the new website: http://www.earlychildhoodworkforce.org/ For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.