Institute for Early Childhood Studies

children on slide with teacherThe mission of the Institute of Early Childhood Studies (IECS) is to inform, support, and encourage effective early childhood education practices. Our goal is to build systematic and comprehensive support for research on the three Rs of early childhood education: Relationships, Respect and Reflective Practice.
The Institute began in 2009 with $17,000 of one-time State of New Mexico legislative money to vision a research arm of the early childhood teacher education program. Funding has continued through the active pursuit of grants. The Ms. Foundation, Daniel’s Foundation, and a contract with Rutgers University have provided funding toward the implementation of IECS’ mission. With Candace Kaye, Ph.D. as Director of IECS, sample activities have included:

  1. Collaboration with the National Institute of Early Education Research
  2. Recruitment and academic support of diverse early care and education professionals

To enhance and sustain the infrastructure of the IECS, the following proposed activities have been developed that focus attention on connecting research and practice for both the early childhood practitioner and scholar. The planned projects for 2012-2015 include:

  • Develop, advertise, solicit and disseminate a research-based scholarly publication entitled Children and Culture: An E-Journal.
  • Research, write, and submit for publication the work of the NMSU Children’s Village Lab School. The lab teachers and faculty will collaborate on an edited book that shares the best thinking and practices on the preparation of early childhood teacher candidates in a diverse community.
  • Continue to plan and implement an annual early childhood conference for early care and education workforce in the southwest – each year with a specific theme (ex. Early Literacy and Numeracy)
  • Continue to present graduate early childhood education research projects at the bi-annual Early Education Research Forum. Where Graduate students present their completed action research projects studies as a requirement of their graduation from the MA program in Early Childhood Education.
  • Continue to present IECS research projects at the annual J. Paul Taylor Early Education Research Forum. This invitation only event is specific to past and potential supporters of the IECS. Graduate students, lab teachers and faculty present their peer reviewed studies, both completed and in progress for discussion.
  • Continuation and increase of global collaboration on early childhood development and education.
    1. Dr. Kaye, Fulbright ECE Scholar in Mongolia continues to lead implemnentation of first ever Western Memorandum of Understanding with Mongolian State University of Education (MSUE).
    2. Research with a representative from the Mongolia Ministry of Education, Culture and Education, including a research visit to NMSU in Spring 2013.
    3. Ongoing research, presentations and study tours with early childhood colleagues at Beijing Normal University.
    4. Ongoing UNESCO collaboration including development of an International Perspectives in Early Childhood Education as international online course.
    5. Dr. Luis Huerta,NMSU ECE faculty member will continue to develop early childhood education cultural exchange with universities in Mexico
  • Ongoing grant writing.

A contribution of $100,000 would support these projects by providing a course reassignment for the Director of the IECS and two full time graduate assistants. Thank you for considering this proposal.