chapter  20
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Professional Organizations and Their Programs

On July 15, 1892, at Saratoga Springs, New York, the Association for Childhood Education International was born as the International Kindergarten Union (IKU). The proposal of Sarah A. Stewart of Philadelphia to make some formal organization of the kindergarten interests throughout the country was deemed “desirable.” A committee was formed at the morning meeting which recommended “the organization of a National Kindergarten Union, which would in no way antagonize the Kindergarten Department of the National Education Association, but would act in sympathy and harmony with it, only extending the field of work more widely than the department had as yet been able to do.” After discussion, it was decided that the International Kindergarten Union would have as its aims: gathering and disseminating knowledge of the kindergarten movement throughout the world; bringing all kindergarten interests into active cooperation; promoting the establishment of kindergartens; and elevating the standard of professional training of the kindergartners.