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Mary J Wright Centre

Our story begins in 1973, when the late Dr. Mary J Wright, a psychologist at the Western University created a laboratory preschool. She wanted a place university researchers and students to 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 and Crisis Centre, sending a strong message of an enduring university and community partnership.

Today, the Mary J. Wright Research and Education 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.

Historic Documents

Below: Mary J. Wright's early works with an invitation to the opening of the University Laboratory Preschool in 1974.

Mary J. Wright's early works with an invitation to the opening of the University Laboratory Preschool in 1974