New education institute aims to improve lives of children, their families

June 23, 2005, vol. 33, no. 5
By Terry Lavender



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The newly formed SFU Institute for Research on Early Education and Child Health (REACH) has an ambitious goal: to generate research that will improve the lives of young children and their families.

The institute was approved by senate in May. Assistant education professor Maureen Hoskyn says it spans the disciplines of early childhood learning and education, psychology, sociology, economics, philosophy, and the history and law of education.

“Researchers affiliated with the new institute will be working together on issues that concern the learning and health of children from infancy to eight years of age,” Hoskyn says.

REACH is losing no time in getting started. This summer, more than 120 children will attend the REACH Child Study Centre at SFU, participating in research studies on early literacy and interventions to assist young children at-risk for academic learning difficulties, Hoskyn says.

REACH is also collaborating with the SFU library on the development of a new journal, Early Childhood Health and Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Hoskyn says.

It's an open-source online journal that aims to provide an international forum for the publishing of peer-reviewed articles on caregiver-child interaction; children's emotional, cognitive and motor development; play and social environments; language and literacy development; early childhood education and care; and early childhood policy implementation.

For more information check www.educ.sfu.ca/reach

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