57.8 Million

Children World-wide Are Out of School, 2012 (UNICEF)

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The Early Development and Education (EDE) Initiative is an interdisciplinary community of researchers at Lehigh University who conduct high quality empirical research.

 mission of
 EDE is to build knowledge and inform best practice about young children’s early learning and social-emotional development. We enhance the capacity of families and educators to promote positive development of young children.

We are deeply committed to community-researcher partnerships that reflect a strength-based perspective to understand and support children in their family, school, and community contexts.