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Dr. Eric Jackman Building News


A Vision for an International Landmark for Children's Development and Education at the University of Toronto


We're excited about our upcoming building renovation project. Check back for postings on progress and highlights.


new building rendering
An artist's rendering of the improved exterior of 56 Spadina and the public entrance to the new Spadina Wing.

"An expanded Institute of Child Study, featuring a large public assembly place, will serve to set the bar higher for quality community outreach programs in literacy, parenting, and other related activities that will benefit from a research-based and leading professional education environment for our families."

The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain
Co-author, Ontario's Early Years Reports I and II
Former Lt. Gov. for New Brunswick
The Founder’s Network/Council for Early Child Development


Some Background on our Building Campaign ...

Two landmark gifts will transform Institute’s future

On December 2nd, 2010 the University of Toronto announced that Dr. Eric Jackman donated $5 million to the Institute of Child Study – the largest gift in Canada for early development and childhood education. In recognition of Dr. Jackman’s gift, U of T has renamed the 85-year-old Institute of Child Study to the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (EJ-ICS), which is part of the University’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Later that evening during the reception at Simcoe Hall, it was announced that Margaret and Wallace McCain donated $3 million to the Institute. The planned new wing in the Institute’s expanded facility, the Margaret and Wallace McCain Pavilion at the EJ-ICS, is named for Margaret and Wallace McCain in recognition of their generous gift to the University.

The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, with its tripartite mission, is one of the few places in the world to integrate advanced research, renowned graduate teacher training and a demonstration model of practical elementary schooling, all in one place.
“Dr. Jackman’s gift demonstrates his firm belief in the Institute’s unique and integrated approach to the study of human development, family dynamics and childhood education,” said U of T President David Naylor. “We are already a leader in this area. With Eric Jackman’s support, we can build on these strong foundations, continue to innovate, and develop best practices that will improve outcomes of early childhood education for children and families everywhere.”

Founded in 1925-26, the Institute and its Lab School have exerted a profound influence on early education. Institute research led directly to the adoption of the Ontario Day Nurseries Act in 1942. Almost 70 years later, the Institute continues to lead the way. Ontario’s Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten program was modeled in large part on Institute findings and recommendations.

“I am pleased to be able to make a financial contribution to one of my lifelong interests – the understanding of early human development, and to enlightening educators and parents alike to the very best child-rearing and educational practices,” said Dr. Eric Jackman. “I believe that supporting the Institute, one of the original child study centres in North America with which I have a personal connection, will enhance our knowledge of how we develop and learn.”

After completing his B.A. and M.A. at U of T, Eric Jackman earned a doctoral degree in human development and psychology at the University of Chicago, where he did early field work at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. Dr. Jackman was an award-winning clinical psychologist in the United States before returning to Toronto, and currently serves as President of the Psychology Foundation of Canada. Dr. Jackman is also Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Windsor. Among his many honours are the CMHA C.M. Hincks National Award for Mental Health, Canada’s 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal, Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Order of Ontario, and he has been recognized by three Ontario universities with honorary doctor of laws degrees.

A community leader, Dr. Jackman, together with his wife Sara Jackman, has combined a passion for the arts and education with tireless dedication to family well-being. Dr. Eric Jackman and his three siblings – Chancellor Emeritus (U of T) Hal Jackman, the Rev. Edward Jackman and Senator Nancy Ruth – all attended what is now known as the Jackman Institute Lab School.

The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, has been a powerful advocate for women’s rights and is a dedicated champion for early childhood development in Canada. In 1999, Mrs. McCain joined Dr. Fraser Mustard in co-authoring the Early Years Study; and in 2007 she co-authored the Early Years Study 2: Putting Science into Action. These two reports for Ontario describe what our society needs to effectively support young children and families. A renewed Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is being expanded to address many of these needs and provide leadership for parents, teachers and other professionals.

The Margaret and Wallace McCain Pavilion, added to the back of the Institute’s Leighton G. McCarthy House (on Walmer Road), will face Spadina Road and will feature a large multi-purpose auditorium/gymnasium, seminar rooms and modern classrooms to better serve the Institute’s graduate program, Lab School, and Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Research Centre. The McCain Pavilion will allow the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study to open its doors to serve Toronto families for best-practice teaching and family learning; as well as welcome the broader education community and related disciplines. Additional programming will be undertaken in partnership with governments, public school boards and professional and community agencies.

Read about Jackman ICS Building Campaign in Summer 2011 issue of U of T Magazine 


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