Research Projects

Yale delegation at AÇEV, Turkey (Photo: AÇEV)

Motivated by AÇEV’s conceptual framework, and in partnership with several academic, philanthropic and policy agencies, the following establish evidence-based research targeted on early childhood development and peace building has recently been conducted or is currently underway.

Empowerment and Resilience in Children Everywhere (ERICE) brings together child mental health professionals from Israel and Palestine to formulate and accomplish joint projects to enhance the well being of children and families that neighbor one another in this strife-torn region of the world.


Global Child Refugee Crisis - Call to Action: Members of the Yale Faculty engage in ongoing initiatives on campus to engage with peace building and refugee relief efforts



Global Communications and Community-building Strategy: This pioneering evidence-building initiative will bring together university-wide and global interdisciplinary collaborative research to better understand the relationship between early childhood development and peace (in the home, community, and the larger society) and interventions for the unprecedented number of the world’s children living in conflict zones. Scheduled to launch mid-2016.


Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV): Yale University and program sponsor and partner, AÇEV, have embarked on a joint project to achieve the common objective of analyzing the linkages between early childhood development (ECD) and peace building through scientific research, to disseminate results and advocate for better policies on global platforms.


Mother Child Education Program (MOCEP): Implementation and Impact Evaluation study of AÇEV’s Mother and Child Education Program among children and families in Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon.



Internet poll: A pathway to peace?: was designed to ascertain expert agreement on the hypothesis that ECD is a pathway to peace, has been conducted and analyzed.



Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families, co-edited by Yale faculty, is a pioneering collection of scholarly work investigating the way that children are raised as a critical factor that can inform a community’s tendency toward peace versus conflict. The 41 contributors describe findings from research in biology, neuroscience, evolution, genetics, psychology, social sciences, and policy.



Report: 2015 Early Childhood & Families Conference, Istanbul, Turkey

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11 June 2015 | The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), Yale University and UNICEF hosted the first Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) annual conference in Istanbul, Turkey. This report is an outcome of the day-long conference and follow-up ECPC member meeting that focuses on ways in which the following key objectives were met: 

  • Presentation of academic evidence behind early childhood and peace building; 
  • Showcase of interventions that work for children and families; 
  • Plan a course of action to mobilize a global movement to invest in young children for sustainable peace; 
  • Organize strategies for the Consortium and outline its next steps.