The Centre for Child Development and Education is a transdisciplinary research centre that aims to support better outcomes in health, education and social emotional wellbeing through investigation of the contexts and influences shaping child development. Scientific consensus indicates that significant and sustained public investment in the early years is essential if important sources of disadvantage are to be reduced.

Our research: 
  • Research to support parents, youth and children through better services and interventions in their communities. We work in the NT and across Australia to support the development of services to promote child development and wellbeing
  • Whole of population research into the determinants of developmental outcomes for children and youth to reduce inter-generational disadvantage and promote the health and wellbeing of populations
  • Dissemination of information and advice to communities, services, and researchers.
Policy engagement:

Our research is designed to examine the developmental, social, and economic factors that affect children’s long-term health, learning and wellbeing. We translate research findings into improved public policy and programs, through collaborative research in health, education, youth justice and child and family services. Working with government and policymakers, we strive to establish an evidence base to inform policy development and to ensure that research is translated into real benefit for the community. We assist with the design of frameworks for monitoring and evaluation of programs and services and develop evidence-based resources for training and implementation of programs in schools, health services and communities