Early Childhood Research Center

The Early Childhood Research Center, located on the UWM campus in 239 Enderis Hall, was established in 1995 by a core group of faculty from UWM who believed that the current issues of research and practice in early childhood related fields demand an interdisciplinary perspective.

Mission Statement

The Early Childhood Research Center is dedicated to advancing the welfare of young children and their families in urban settings through research and the exchange of knowledge. Interdisciplinary collaboration and university-community partnerships are valued as essential to the accomplishment of the mission.


The ECRC provides a formal organizational structure to support sustained interdisciplinary collaboration among UWM faculty and other professionals whose work focuses on young children and their families. The purpose of the Early Childhood Research Center is to promote and conduct interdisciplinary research on issues related to the development, care, and education of young children from birth through eight years of age, and their families. Emphasis is placed on the study of early childhood issues for the full range of children in urban settings, including those with disabilities.

Members of the ECRC include faculty and researchers from a variety of affiliations including:

UWM School of Education
UWM College of Health Sciences
UWM College of Nursing
UWM College of Letters and Science
UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Members of the ECRC have affiliations and partnerships with many programs for young children in the Milwaukee area.

Interdisciplinary collaboration takes place through a variety of channels, including:

  • Collaboration in research.
  • Grant development to support research and personnel preparation.
  • Consultation with policymakers and practicing professionals.
  • Innovative professional development offerings for professionals from fields serving young children and their families.

It is through these affiliations and initiatives that we are able to fulfill our mission.

Contact Information

Early Childhood Research Center
Mary McLean, Director
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Phone: (414) 229-2213
Fax: (414) 229-5500
E-Mail: mmclean@uwm.edu