Our story begins in 1973, when the late Dr. Mary J Wright, a psychologist at the Western University created a laboratory preschool so that university researchers and students could conduct psychological and educational research and teaching demonstration projects intended to help children from a diversity of socio-economic backgrounds succeed at school and in life.
43 years later, a new chapter began. In 2015, the preschool laboratory was closed and the endowment transferred to the Faculty of Education at Western. The current centre, named The Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount, is located in the heart of the community within the walls of Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, sending a strong message of an enduring university and community partnership.
Today, The Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre Centre continues to work at setting children and families up for success. We do this by supporting early childhood research and practice in a real world setting. The Centre has been proactive in keeping current with changing times and research methodologies.