Early Childhood

Enabling the growth of the whole child by advancing precise solutions that support every child.


As all parents know, each child is different, and differences across familial, societal, cultural, and economic experiences are vast. The implications for research and practice are immediate – one size does not fit all. We need tailored learning solutions. We also need schools, health care, and social services that work in concert to ensure that every child receives the developmental opportunities needed to thrive in school and in life.

Without high-quality opportunities for our youngest children, we lose a vital opportunity to prepare our next generation to benefit from school and create positive long-term growth for the child, family, and society.

These are the projects targeting this critical issue.

Creating Possibilities: Online learning through Minecraft communities

We need to create portals for learning that all students can access. Gaming offers a way to connect digitally and can be a serious educational pursuit.

Project lead

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Elizabeth Kozleski

Faculty Co-Director, Learning Differences

Strengthening child literacy through a literacy support network

Use artificial intelligence to create a literacy support network of teachers, parents, and tutors for children experiencing literacy difficulties.

Project lead

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Emma Brunskill

Associate Professor