Junko Miyahara

Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Regional Network for early Childhood (ARNEC), Singapore

Junko Miyahara is the Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) since August 2008. She coordinates overall programmes of the Network and manages the Secretariat operation. Her work involves strategic planning and development, technical assistance and oversight, as well as representation and partnership building. Currently, Ms. Miyahara serves as a board member of the Consultative Group on ECCD (2011-13).


Prior to this, Ms. Miyahara has worked for UNICEF (2001-09) where her career has grown into early childhood development in the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of policy advocacy, programme development and evaluation, and capacity building. She served as regional ECD focal point of UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, and also worked in Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, and Cambodia offices in the areas of early childhood development, education and child protection.


Her professional interests include child and family policies (particularly on early childhood development), programme evaluation and development outcomes, and child development in different cultural contexts. She holds BA from Tokyo University for Foreign Studies with a concentration on International Affairs in 1993 and MSc from Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, USA in 2000 with a concentration of Social Administration and International Social Welfare.


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