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The Media Initiative for Children (MIFC) – N. Ireland
Early Years – the Organization for Young Children, is the largest organization in Northern Ireland working with and for young children. It is a non-profit making organization and has been working since 1965 to promote high quality childcare for children aged 0 - 12 and their families.
1. Offers a range of programs and services for Playgroup and Daycare staff, parents and those working with children.
2. Delivers a wide range of in-service programs that continue our drive to improve practice by applying an appropriate play based curriculum. Our training is for parents, all adults working with young children in pre-school settings, daycares, SureStart, nursery and foundation stage and management committees.
3. Believes that major investment in young children is critical to ensure the educational, social, emotional and cognitive development of our future generations.
Contributor: Siobhán Fitzpatrick, CBE, MBA, MSSC, CQSW, BSc., serves as Executive Committee Member to the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC). She is Chief Executive Officer of Early Years – the organization for young children in Northern Ireland.
Professor Paul Connelly, Professor of Education and Dean of Research for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, joins host, Yale Professor Rima Salah. Professor Connolly discusses his work which investigates conflict and the MIFC innovative early childhood development program in Northern Ireland, as well as plans for expansion of the program into other countries.
The Media Initiative for Children (MIFC) was developed by Early Years - the organization for young children (formerly known as NIPPA) in Northern Ireland and Pii the Peace Initiatives Institute in the USA. It combines cartoon media messages around diversity with an early years’ program. Together they aim to promote positive attitudes to physical, social and cultural differences amongst young children, practitioners and parents. The messages also address bullying behaviors.
- The Developmental Status of 2-3-Year-Old Children Entering Group-Based Settings in Northern Ireland: Survey Findings
- A Cluster Randomized Trial Evaluation of the Media Initiative for Children: Respecting Difference Program
- MIFC - The Executive Summary
- Evaluation of the Media Initiative for Children Respecting Difference Program in the Education Sector
The Media Initiative for Children (MIFC) was developed by Early Years - the organization for young children (formerly known as NIPPA) in Northern Ireland and the Peace Initiatives Institute (PII) in the USA.
PII work with children and youth from communities in conflict to prepare our young people for a more peaceful future.