Sarah Klaus - Director of the Early Childhood Program in the Open Society Foundations


20/20 Vision:  The Early Childhood Development Field in Focus. 
Assessing the Past and Anticipating the Future

The year 2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), as well as the 25th Anniversary of the Step by Step Program, the flagship early childhood education program of the Open Society Foundations that inspired ISSA’s establishment. Anniversaries challenge us both to look backwards at where we have come from and to look forwards to anticipate the future.  Using the theme of ‘nurturing’ as a framework, this keynote will explore what motivated the emergence of early childhood as a global endeavour and how it is evolving.  Together we’ll make predictions about what will shape the field in the next 20 years.  It will challenge all of us to answer the question:  where am I in this movement, and what role do I want to play in its future.

About Sara Klaus:

Sarah Klaus is director of the Early Childhood Program (ECP) at the Open Society Foundations. ECP advances the rights of children and families that are left behind by empowering parents, professionals and civil society organizations and by building socially-inclusive, transparent systems.  Since 2006, she has expanded the program’s original focus in Central Eastern Europe and Eurasia to include Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East. Read more

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