I chose to connect with early childhood professionals in Kenya and Germany. I chose Kenya because I realized that although I am Kenyan I have no idea as to what developments have been made in the field of early childhood in that country. When I was growing up the Government was only concerned with grade school and early childhood matters were left to the parents. So this will be enlightening for me. The other country was Germany. I chose Germany because I was interested to see how early childhood education had progressed since Friedrich Froebel started Kindergarten which was the first organized early childhood education method. I hope I receive feedback from both these countries.
I choose the National Institute for Early Education Research(NIEER). This institute “conducts and communicates research to support high-quality effective early childhood education for all young children. Such education enhances their physical, cognitive and social development and subsequent success in school and later life”(NIEER).
The website has a variety of newsletters that cover a lot of interesting issues such as policy briefs, preschool matters, annual state preschool reports,NIEER videos etc. I have subscribed to their newsletter and hope to keep up with the early education updates.