Highlights

1985 The first edition of the Mother Center Book is published by Goldmann Ratgeber in Germany.

1989 Mother Centers are founding members of GROOTS (Grassroots Women’s Organizations Organizing Together in Sisterhood).

1995 Mother Centers participate in the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

1995 Inauguration of the Huairou Commission at the Grassroots Tent during the NGO World Conference on Women in Huairou, China. Grassroots groups are officially invited for the first time to partner with the UN.

1996 Mother Centers partner with the Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work in Turkey to organize childcare at Habitat II in Istanbul, the first ever childcare offered at a UN International Conference

1997 The UNCHS Scroll of Honor Award goes for the first time to Germany – to the Stuttgart Mother Center.

1999 The National Network of Czech Mother Centers is founded, coordinating over 150 Mother Centers in the Czech Republic.

2000 The SOS Mother Center Salzgitter becomes registered world-wide project of Expo 2000. mine is founded and registered in Munich, Germany. Members of mine initiate the Grassroots Women’s International Academy (GWIA) at Expo 2000.

2001 The first Mother Center in Africa is founded in Nairobi, Kenya.

2002 The first Aboriginal Mother Center is founded in Vancouver, Canada. mine receives the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment.

2003 mine engages in start up support and documentation of the first 3 Mother Centers in Bosnia-Herzegowina. mine initiates the Nest! Project: a study on urban development on the basis of Mother Center principles.

2004 mine is selected for the UN Habitat Best Practices exhibition at the Cultural Forum in Barcelona - Local to local Eltern- Kind-Zentrum Stuttgart and Muetterforum Baden Wuerttemberg, Network of Mothercenters Czech Republic (2006) in Partnership the Huairou Commission and mine in the case of Stuttgart - Johannesburg Conference member of mine board as part of the Huairou and GROOTS international - Vancouver supporting MC mine board members - Barcelona Grassroots Women International Academy and WUF 2 mine in partnership with Huairou Commission, GROOTS intern.

2005 Developing and strengthening Mother Centers in Bosnia. A mine project with Muetterforum Baden Wuerttemberg, funded by Bosch Foundation Stuttgart, together with Mother Center in Zavidovici, Sanski Most and Sarajevo - India organisational development meeting and strategic planning GROOTS international participation of board member of mine

2006 Vancouver Grassroots Women International Academy and WUF 3. Huairou Commission, GROOTS intern. mine members and board participated - Research: Not the chicken, not the egg but the Nest! – How the principles underlying the MC movement can be transferred to urban planning and city development -“Move the pram, move the world” – 6 countries made a Guinness world record in the highest number of participant, moving prams (an initiative of UMC Slovakia in partnership with mine and different national or regional networks of Mother Centers) 

2007 Mile for mothers  – annual celebrating motherhood (an initiative of UMC Slovakia) • Campaign: How do we want to raise our children (2006 and 2009) (an initiative of UMC Slovakia with mine and Bernard van Leer Foundation) • Initiating MC in Roma communities (2007) – Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovakia, Macedonia initiated by Spolu and mine in partnership with national networks of mothercenters • 2007 India Huairou Commision meeting •

2008 Nepal workshop on Mother Center for Katmandu and Butwal, mine trainers with Practical Action UK • Grundtvig project: GWIA and Peer Learning Strategy applied to MC movement (2007 – 2009); Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Rupublic, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Spain Turkey • 2008 ARM Conference on Motherhood Toronto Canadian Aboriginal MC founder representative and a founder of mine attended • 2008 Impact studies on influence of MC on mothers, children, families and society (Slovakia, Czech republic)  

2009 Grundtvig project (2009-2011): Parents learning about Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) – Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia •

2010 Rio Grassroots Women International Academy and WUF 5. Huairou Commission, GROOTS intern. mine board members participated