Marta Arango was born in Colombia and educated there and in the United States, where she received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California in Berkeley. With her husband, Glen Nimnicht, she founded CINDE, The International Center for Education and Human Development, a research and development institution, she still directs. CINDE focuses on the development of innovative programs for the healthy physical and psychological development of young children. Marta has become an international advocate of innovative programs for young children and excluded people. In cooperation with several universities CINDE has Master´s programs in Education and Social Development focused on ECCD and a Doctoral Program on Social Sciences Childhood and Youth. She has received a number of awards including the Simon Bolivar award, Colombian highest award for personal contribution to education and was honored by the Inter-American Bank in its 1999 for her contribution to early childhood in the region. She is active in several worldwide ECCD networks like the World Forum for ECCD, Childwatch International and the Consultative Group on ECCD.