With the generous support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies and Queen’s University Belfast we currently have funding for a three year program of work (2008-2010) that seeks to achieve the following key outputs:
- The establishment and maintenance of this website that will: provide up-to-date news and information on the work of the JLICED; contain open and fully-searchable databases of existing research and practice; and make available all of the reports and other resources produced by the JLICED.
- The production of a series of guides and resources to help local organizations and researchers design, deliver and evaluate early childhood programs that include a focus on racial and ethnic diversity.
- The development of strategic partnerships with local early childhood organizations and researchers in a number of regions characterized by racial or ethnic divisions and/or conflicts and the securing of sufficient additional funding to enable work to begin on supporting those organizations in designing, delivering and evaluating new and innovative early childhood programs aimed at promoting socially inclusive and respectful communities.
- Towards the end of the three year period, to organize an international conference with the aim of: disseminating the work of the JLICED to date; drawing together and beginning to build supportive networks between the key organizations and researchers to be involved in the development of new programs; and launching this next phase of the JLICED’s work.
These first three years therefore represent the development phase of the JLICED. Beyond this, the longer-term goal of the JLICED is to reach the position where we can begin to work directly with local organizations and researchers to promote and support the development, delivery and evaluation of new early childhood programs.