The launching of the Hong Kong branch of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) is a momentous undertaking. It signifies the importance of Hong Kong as a research centre for early childhood education in the region.

With young children as our focus, PECERA aims to create not only a platform for all the different educational professionals and practitioners to share their research findings and experiences in early childhood education but also to expand this concept to include all other professionals and experts. Whatever your professional field, you have an impact on young children. We know now how practitioners impact children through architecture, design and technology, health and nutrition, economics and business, art, performance, linguistics, recreation, etc.We are developing new networks of professionals influenced by diverse areas of knowledge and experience.

For those who do not yet identify themselves in the field of education, PECERA welcomes you and your participation, because in the broader sense we are all working together for the good of young children. PECERA (Hong Kong) can become a model international forum where by we can create new networks of diverse professionals into one platform from where - through dialogue, exchange of papers, conferences, seminars, discussions, etc. - the spark of creativity can ignite a synergy that will benefit young children, our future leaders.

-- Dr. Betty Chan Po-king
President of PECERA (Hong Kong)