The overarching goal of the Institute for Early Childhood WellBeing is to foster collaboration among early childhood scholars and researchers across disciplines at Boston University to pioneer new approaches for sustaining children’s health and wellbeing locally and globally.

Current Research Initiatives 

Community Partnerships Award 

These seed grants support research addressing new approaches for sustaining young children’s health and overall well–being locally and globally through collaborations among BU early childhood researchers and community collaborators. We are particularly interested in proposals that address threats to early childhood well–being including the negation of children’s human rights, chronic stress and trauma, poverty, inequities among the social determinants of development, health, and mental health, impact of structural racism, unequal access to high quality early care and education, discrimination based on class, race, sex, gender, and religion, immigration experiences, new and emerging diseases (e.g.COVID–19), and the environmental consequences of global climate change that affect children’s lives.

Learn more about our 2022 awardees here.

Faculty Involved Research Projects

The Institute for Early Childhood Well-Being’s faculty governing board members are involved in local and global research projects in various areas within the early childhood field. Their research addresses pedagogy of play, neurodevelopment, community based child development and more.

Learn more about the research here. 

Published Faculty Research 

The members and affiliates of the Institute for Early Childhood Well-Being are at the forefront of innovative research and practice in the early childhood field. The compiled publications offer various ideas, theories and methods related to early childhood.

Learn more about the research here.