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A Good Start in Life for young children

A Good Start in Life

Early childhood is an important period of time for child development. A number of studies have examined the positive impact of engagement with early childhood services on school readiness, school achievement, developmental vulnerabilities, and academic performance in adolescence.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is an initiative by the Australian Government to improve Australia’s health. The University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute received an MRFF grant for research into early childhood services and childhood development. The project will focus on improving the delivery of local early childhood services to address the needs of the community.

The project aims to reduce the proportion of children who are developmentally vulnerable in the Belconnen district through multi-sectoral service integration.

HRI Good Start in Life Flyer (PDF, 1843.25 KB)

Chief Investigators

Professor Rachel Davey

Professor Margaret Cargo

Professor Michelle Lincoln

Professor Christine Phillips

Associate Professor Jane Herbert

Assistant Professor Jacqueline McKechnie

Associate Investigators

Professor Anthony Oakey

Mr Bill Caddey

Dr Gregor Mews

Dr Suzanne Packer

Ms Amber Shuhyta

Mr Alan Phillip

Project Manager

Dr Vicky Saunders

Research Assistants

Ms Maddison Beck

Ms Lauren Clarke

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