Early Childhood Education, Care, and Development: Perspectives from around the Globe

  • Barbara Trube Walden


Early childhood education, care, and development (ECECD) has reached prominence due to its recognition by the global community as an important national investment and right for children. ECECD programs advocate for quality in education, protection, health, and nutrition for children and families, in most countries and nation-states. Global seekers of quality programs and practices recognize variability in how quality is defined, developed, delivered, and assessed; as well as recognizing each nations' unique focus on culturally relevant aspects of programs and practices for specific contexts. Research indicates that well-designed ECECD programs of high quality contribute to children's holistic development and sense of well-being, educational attainment, workforce productivity, international collaborations, sustainability of peace-building initiatives, and improved economies in the long run. Eleven diverse articles are presented in this themed journal as a contribution to the rich, on-going conversations about the importance of global ECECD programs and practices.

Author Biographies


Tata Mbugua, Ph.D., is Professor of Education at
The University of Scranton and a member of the
editorial boards for Journal of Pedagogy (SR)
and Early Childhood Education Journal. Her
scholarly interests cover early childhood education;
cross-cultural and global perspectives in education;
and academic service learning as a pedagogical
approach to teaching and learning. She has published
articles, book chapters, and made conference
presentations in all these areas of scholarship.

Barbara Trube, Walden

Mary Barbara Trube, Ed.D., is Professor
Emeritus of Education at Ohio University-Chillicothe,
and Contributing Doctoral Faculty for the Richard W.
Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden
University. Her scholarly activities and research
focuses on teacher leadership; comparative early
childhood education, care, and development; projectbased
teaching and learning; glocal curriculum
development for DLL, ESL, and EFL learners; and
international and domestic mentoring and coaching.