World Forum Foundation

Academic founded 1999

Address and Contact

PO Box 2890
Redmond, WA 98073

Roger Neugebauer(Co-Founder)
(800) 221-2864

Organization Description

The mission of the World Forum Foundation is to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.

The mission of the World Forum Foundation is accomplished through two types of gatherings of early childhood professionals…

World Forum on Early Care and Education: Every two years 600 – 800 early childhood professionals from more than 80 countries gather to share ideas on a wide range of issues impacting the delivery of quality services for children and families.

Working Forums: In the alternate years, Working Forums—regional meetings of early childhood professionals focusing on specific issues—take place.
Both types of gatherings serve as “meeting places” where all those interested in promoting the well-being of young children and families can share ideas, strategies, and perspectives.

World Forum Projects: At World Forum gatherings people often come together to launch global projects on specific issues and topics.

Current projects include:
Men in Early Childhood Education
HIV/AIDS and Young Children
Nature Education
Peace Building with Young Children
Teacher Education
Immigration and Young Children
Promoting Indigenous Cultures in Early Childhood Settings
Rights of Children in Children’s Homes

Example Project

World Forum Nature Action Collaborative for Children: Raising Environmentally Passionate Future Generations To promote future generations of environmental stewards by recruiting, motivating, and training 236 professionally diverse Community Teams from 93 nations to lead local campaigns to reconnect over 2 million young children with nature. Solving the mounting environmental challenges facing our planet compels us to raise future generations of citizens who are committed to environmental stewardship. Through the “Raising Environmentally Passionate Future Generations” commitment over 700 adults committed to the environment will contribute 140,000 hours to re-connect children with nature. They will be organized into Community Teams with three members representing diverse disciplines: education, environmental science, community health, and landscape architecture. The project will involve a five-year process within which teams will receive training and interactive tools for leading a community campaign to re-connect children with nature. With support from the World Forum Foundation, teams will then implement projects such as national conferences, community forums, public policy initiatives, then come back together to report on their work, share their successes and failures, and provide recommendations for next steps. Through this commitment, the World Forum Foundation will nurture and educate future environmental stewards by reconnecting over 2 million young children worldwide with nature.

Activities that promote health


Activities that combat poverty

Community Building, Economic & Social Inequities, Education & Literacy, Human Rights, Internet & Communication, Migration, Security, Conflict, & Violence

Activities that protect the environment

Climate Change, Natural Resource Conservation & Preservation, Wildlife

Areas of Service

Advocacy, Capacity Building, Education & Training, Products & Services, Public Awareness, Research, Service Delivery, Technical Assistance

Nations of the World

Africa: Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Americas: Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Washington State, U.S.

Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam

Europe: Albania, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Republic of, Montenegro, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom

Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand