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Our researchers look for evidence-based answers by researching early childhood development, researching how services can best help children and families and translating the evidence into enhanced policy and practice.

Our research is informed by families, practitioners and policy makers.

CoLab is a recent initiative seed funded by the Minderoo Foundation which brings together families, clinicians, educators and other practitioners and researchers to improve service delivery to meet the needs of vulnerable children, families, and communities. New knowledge will be gained to inform and advocate for effective early childhood policy and practice.

Our researchers' projects include:

  • Tracking the progress of children from birth to age five to identify what services are valuable to families to support health and wellbeing, education and care.
  • Measuring the effectiveness of place based centres for children and families. These community-directed Centres act as a one-stop-shop for services and supports, bringing together service providers from different disciplines, professions, government departments, service organisations and the surrounding community. This includes research work in Tasmania, WA and South Australia.
  • Supporting lower and middle income countries to monitor early child health, development and early education and care, particularly in relation to Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 4.
  • Comparing developmental outcomes from around the globe and gauging the impact of differing social policies and service provision.

The Australian Declaration for Young Children

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