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About Us

Who We Are

We are a global and inter-disciplinary network of leading researchers, policy-makers and practitioners who are committed to reducing racial and ethnic divisions and conflicts and building socially inclusive and respectful communities through the promotion of effective early childhood programs.

What We Do

We aim to do this by:

  • Dissemination – providing an international platform for the sharing and disseminating of existing research and practice with regard to racial and ethnic diversity and young children
  • Research – undertaking research to increase understanding of the ways in which racial and ethnic divisions and conflict impact upon the lives of young children and their families and communities
  • Community Development – supporting local early childhood organizations, communities and researchers to work in partnership to develop new and innovative early childhood programs aimed at addressing the negative effects of racial and ethnic divisions and conflict

  • Evaluation – evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood programs in order to contribute to the development of an international evidence base of what types of programs have been found to work for particular children and communities in specific contexts.

How We Are Organized

Our work is carried out through six inter-related Learning Groups. The activities of these Learning Groups are coordinated, in turn, by a Steering Committee that comprises the Co-Chairs of each of the Learning Groups and the Co-Directors of the JLICED, Professor Paul Connolly and Professor Tony Gallagher. The Co-Directors are supported by a small Secretariat based at Queen’s University Belfast.

Our Sponsors

Our work has been made possible by the generous support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies and Queen's University Belfast.

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