About Cedep

Introduction about Cedep

The first step in the development of the Center for Early Childhood Development, Education, and Policy Research (CEDEP) goes back to applying for the Master Plan of Large Research Projects ahead of the 22nd session of the Science Council of Japan. We applied in the education field, with the theme “Establishing an interdisciplinary research and education center on early childhood development, education, and policy: To improve early childhood environment quality based on research findings from developmental science.” At that time, there were no single national research organizations focusing specifically on early childhood care and education. There were 207 applications from the research fields working with the Science Council of Japan, and 66 of them were selected for an interview. Finally, 27 of them (including two from the social sciences and humanities) were selected to be a Master Plan of Large Research Projects for the 22nd session. Our plan was one of them.

 

Then, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Tokyo requested a budgetary appropriation for the project for the second round of its medium-term goals and medium-term plan (2010-2015), and CEDEP was accepted for the final year project. We have been preparing for CEDEP since April 2015. Now, we are very excited to announce that CEDEP officially opened its doors on July 1st, 2015, attached to the Graduate School of Education at the University of Tokyo.

 

Center Logo

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Our logo for the Center for Early Childhood Development, Education, and Policy Research (Cedep).