The Centre

Enhancing outcomes for all children

Western’s Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre, located in the heart of London, is a community-university partnership between the Faculty of Education, Western University and Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre. The collaboration is committed to generating, coordinating and overseeing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary basic and translational research that has the potential to inform our understanding of the conditions that influence child outcomes and, in turn, the development of evidence-based early childhood education and intervention programs. These programs are designed to address significant inequalities in opportunity, foster the health and well-being of our most vulnerable children and identify the protective processes for enhancing outcomes for all children. The three signature areas of research and practice include:

  • Environmental effects on brain development
  • Cognition, language, literacy, and numeracy
  • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Resiliency and Well-being

Knowledge Sharing and Building Capacity

We recognize that a key factor in optimizing well-being in early childhood is through expanding the capacities of parents, professionals, and communities. We will work to increase awareness of those factors impacting early childhood development and deliver innovative, culturally sensitive, mult-faceted evidence-based knowledge through educational programs designed to expand capacity to support early childhood well-being.

Leaders in Influencing Policy

We will use our results to influence all levels of governments to adopt policies, practices, and programs that ensure better outcomes and brighter futures for all children. Collectively, and individually, we have the passion, desire, and means to achieve direct, immediate impact!