The principal researcher for the largest study ever conducted on the impact of preschool education on children will give a free public lecture at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus on Wednesday, May 1.

For the past 16 years Dr. Edward Melhuish has followed 4,000 children in the UK and Northern Ireland, matching their preschool experiences to their later cognitive, language and behavioral development.  He regularly meets with governments around the world, advising them on programs that improve children’s lives.

Dr. Melhuish is a professor of human development at Birkbeck, University of London. His lecture will take place at UNB’s Marshall d’Avray Hall, Room 356 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.

Space is limited for this event. Contact Gillian Yeomans to register.

Dr. Melhuish is in New Brunswick as part of a five-province tour sponsored by the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation.  His Fredericton appearance is co-sponsored with the Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick; the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the UNB Early Childhood Centre.

For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Kerry McCuaig at or 647-295-2808.