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EECERA Refugee Crisis Donation – Thank You from UNICEF

Back in September we posted our Refugee Crisis Declaration that members of the Association put together during the 25th Annual EECERA Conference in Barcelona. Over the course of the conference delegates took it upon themselves to begin a collection to help support refugee families. A total of €1313.17 (£952.39) was collected which was rounded up to £1,000.00 by the conference host and a donation was made to UNICEF by Sean Delaney (Secretary) on behalf of the EECERA 2015 delegates.

This week we received a thank you letter from UNICEF which we would like to share with all of you. Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you letter from UNICEF (pdf)


EECERA is an independent, self-governing, international association which promotes and disseminates multi-disciplinary research on early childhood and its applications to policy and practice.

EECERA is a non-profit organisation, wholly-owned and subscribed to by its substantial and influential world-wide membership. It generates its own revenue, receives no external funding and thus ensures its independence, radical attitude and innovative openness

EECERA seeks to sustain and develop the rich tradition of European early childhood thought, the legacy of Pestalozzi, Owen, Froebel, Steiner, Vygotsky, Piaget, Malaguzzi and other pioneers, whilst looking forward to encourage the exploration of new paradigms, methodologies, concepts and applications in the ever-changing context of early childhood studies. Its reach and interest is resolutely international and, whilst wanting to identify with Europe’s pluralist and diverse cultures, it is open to learn of, and to share in, the equally rich early childhood traditions and concepts of the World.

EECERA's Annual Conference is the largest early childhood research conference in Europe providing an exceptional forum and network for scholars, policy makers, researchers and practitioners.

EECERA also encourages and supports cross-national collaborations and themed publications through its Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

The Journal of the Association (EECERJ) is the only European early childhood journal cited in the prestigious Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). The SSCI identifies scholarship from across 50 disciplines including 'education'. Only the world's leading social sciences journals are selected for inclusion in the index. The SSCI includes only four journals with an early years' focus, and of these four, only one is produced in Europe, the EECERJ.

Through its Annual Conference, its Journal, its SIGs and the activities of its distinguished membership, EECERA is a leading international contributor to the development of research, policy and practice in the developing field of early childhood.