|Partners (institutional) name||Association of Child Development and Educators|
|Role in the project||Operational project partner|
|Responsible person (for the project)||Dudu Melek Sabuncuoglu, PhD|
|Address||Meşrutiyet Caddesi.Atıf Bey Apt.No:31/11 Kızılay Çankaya/ANKARA|
|Main activity in the project||Increasing awareness of ICF-CY in Turkey in Early Intervention and Special Education field and dissemination of project aims and tools.|
|Main area of work concerning ICF-CY and Social Paediatrics||
The Association of Child Development and Educators (ACDE)
The Association of Child Development and Educators (ACDE), was established in May 20th. 2003 by Child Development Specialists as a Professional Association. Currently, the Association has branches around Turkey; İstanbul, Bursa, İzmir, and more to come.
The ACDE aims to be the “voice” of all professionals in the area of Child Development and Education. With this holistic call, and within the framework of Human Rights and Child Rights Conventions, the ACDE aims to ensure that all children in Turkey and around the world grow up healthy, and build their motor, cognitive, language, social-emotional skills in developmentally appropriate settings.
Following are major principles of the ACDE:
• Equality and equity: We believe that; without any discrimination (economic, social, religion, ethnic etc.) every child deserves the highest quality services possible equally and equitably.
· Professionalism: We believe that professionalism is the key in ensuring quality child development services. Well qualified Child Development and Education professionals and services play an important role for the wellbeing of the community. Therefore, the establishment of professional standards and competencies will help improving the capacities of Child Development and Education workforce and identification of staff work-spaces, as well as personal rights. We support, professional development, pre-and post-graduate education of our colleagues.
· Collaboration: We believe that the collaboration with parents, families, local governments, as well as with other professionals (including social workers, physiotherapists, physicians, teachers...) and non-governmental organizations is the key to achieve designing and delivering holistic child development programs and improve the quality of child development and education for all children.
· Alliance Building/Partnership: Bringing like-minded persons, institutions, government agencies, business leaders and NGOs together to create “one and stronger voice” for children’s rights, especially the rights of development and education, is important in shaping long-term policies and strategies in the area of Child Development. Hence, ACDE, believe that it is the most effective way to reach the goals for children.