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The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is Canada’s most integrated and dynamic centre committed to children’s education and well-being. We are dedicated to improving the lives of children through our tripartite mission – bringing together graduate teacher education through our two-year MA Program in Child Study and Education, exemplary educational practices for our Laboratory School children in nursery to Grade 6, and multidisciplinary research in child development at our Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre.

Our faculty, lab school teacher-researchers, and staff are dedicated to setting the highest standards for children’s education and development. By connecting research, training, and practice, Jackman ICS leads the way as Canada’s foremost teaching and learning environment, with an international reputation for leadership. 

The Institute of Child Study was established in 1925 by renowned psychologist and pediatrician Dr. William E. Blatz. It was the first of the University of Toronto's multi-disciplinary research centres, and was among child study centres at Yale, Berkeley, Minnesota, and Columbia universities which were initially supported by grants from the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund.



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