We are deeply saddened to share that the Founder and Honorary President of PECERA International, Dr. Bernard Spodek, passed away last Sunday, Dec 3rd, 2017.  He was a loving and inspiring teacher, mentor and leader to many of us, and we send our collective condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Prudence Spodek and their family at this difficult time.

Dr. Spodek was a giant in the field of Early Childhood Education, and establishing PECERA was a heroic and visionary accomplishment in his long and illustrious career. Many of us have joined and devoted much time and energy to PECERA because we were so deeply inspired by Dr. Spodek, as he pushed each of us to be better, aim higher, and further contribute to our local and international communities, particularly around the Asia Pacific region.

Although all our hearts are heavy right now, let us also encourage and support one another in continuing Dr. Spodek’s legacy and realizing his vision for ECE.


Betty Chan Po-king, PhD
Hon LHD (Illinois), Hon Fellow (HKIEd), Hon LLD (Bath)
President, PECERA International & PECERA Hong Kong