the children's only childhood
By Sing-ju Chang
Hsin Yi Foundation was established by the Yuen Foong Yu Group
in 1971 during the time when prosperity was not shared throughout
Taiwan's society. Therefore the initial goals of the Foundation
were aimed at helping the poor and granting scholarships. By
the time when Institute
of Early Childhood Education was founded under Hsin Yi Foundation
in 1977, Taiwan was ready to take off on its economic boom.
The rapidly changing environment of the mid-seventies was inevitably
beginning to affect young children adversely, which neither
the government nor society as a whole was seriously aware of.
The aim of the Institute is to pioneer the work of early children
education, and to promote a happy and healthy childhood for
children. We firmly believe that any cause that would help the
development of children and their well-being deserves our full
Over the past twenty years the Institute has continued to
grow with the changing needs of the society. "Safeguarding
the children's only childhood" is always the motto of
•To alert the general public, especially the parents,
the importance of early childhood education.
•To provide a supporting system for parents and teachers of
young children as well as students and researchers of early
•To promote the child-centered philosophy of education and
advocate the society to safeguard our children's only childhood.
•To enhance research and development in order to accumulate
local professional experiences and applications.