The core work of the JLICED take place through the coordinated activities of six Learning Groups. Each Learning Groups is Co-Chaired by two members of the Steering Committee and has at least eight further members representing leading researchers, policy-makers and practitioners with particular expertise of relevance to that particular Learning Group.
Program Development (Racial and Ethnic Divisions) Learning Group
Co-Chairs: Dr Michel Vandenbroeck (Belgium) and Dra Ileana Seda-Santana (México)
This group focuses on sharing and disseminating knowledge and expertise in relation to the development and delivery of early childhood programs in regions characterized by racial and/or ethnic divisions. More information.
Program Development (Racial and Ethnic Conflict) Learning Group
Co-Chairs: Siobhan Fitzpatrick (Northern Ireland) and Marta Arango (Colombia)
This group is also concerned with sharing and disseminating knowledge and expertise in relation to the development and delivery of early childhood programs but with a particular focus on the specific challenges and problems that arise from doing this in regions that are either experiencing significant armed conflict and/or emerging out of armed conflict. More information.
Children, Race and Ethnicity Learning Group
Co-Chairs: Professor Glenda MacNaughton (Australia) and Sri Marpinjun (Indonesia)
This group focuses on developing understanding of the ways in which racial and ethnic divisions and/or conflict impact upon young children and their families and communities through promoting and supporting the development of innovative approaches to indepth and situated qualitative research. More information.
Survey and Evaluation Learning Group
Co-Chairs: Professor Frances Aboud (Canada) and Professor Colin Tredoux (South Africa)
This group focuses on: developing understanding of the wider incidence of racial and ethnic attitudes and identities among young children and their families and communities, and also the factors that tend to be associated with these, through large-scale surveys; and also on the evaluation of early childhood programs through the development and use of randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental research designs and other research designs as appropriate. More information.
Children's Rights and Advocacy Learning Group
Co-Chairs: Mercy Musomi (Kenya) and Professor Beth Blue Swadener (USA)
This group focuses on developing approaches to the application of a children’s rights framework to the design, delivery and evaluation of early childhood programs as well as in relation to being effective advocates for children and their families and communities. More information.
Social Inclusion and Early Childhood Programs Learning Group
Co-Chairs: Dr Jacqueline Hayden (The Netherlands) and second Co-Chair to be announced
This group focuses on developing our understanding of the wider social, political and economic contexts of early childhood services internationally, particularly with the aim of developing wider strategies to engage governments and other national and international organizations to promote and support the design and delivery of early childhood programs aimed at addressing racial and ethnic divisions and conflicts. More information.