When Hirokazu “Hiro” Yoshikawa, co-Director of the Global TIES for Children Center at NYU was asked by an associate at the International Rescue Committee (IRC; they provide humanitarian services) if he and his team would partner with them to apply for a grant, he said sure – with no expectation that the IRC would get it. Well, out of 2,000 submissions, the IRC and Sesame Workshop were selected by The MacArthur Foundation to be the recipients of the first 100&Change award, a large grant intended to create real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. The focus of the initiative is on early childhood development services for Syrian refugee and host community families in the Middle East. With both organizations providing the educational component (TV shows, new Muppet characters, and on-the-ground services for Syrian refugee and host community families in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Syria), NYU led 6 years of research for the project. This research demonstrates the emotional, educational, and social benefits of the program models implemented in Jordan and Lebanon; the interview gives more details on these exciting results!
Dr. Yoshikawa is a community psychologist who studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development. He conducts research in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries.
At NYU Steinhardt, Hiro is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education. He is a core faculty member of the Psychology of Social Intervention and Human Development Research and Policy programs.
As a University Professor at NYU, he is Co-Director of the Global TIES for Children Center. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Institute of Human Development and Social Change and Metropolitan Center for Equity and the Transformation of Schools.
In addition to talking about the positive impact innovative educational programs have on young children (and families), Stewart spoke with Hiro about the necessity of having good partners and teammates in order to accomplish mutual goals.
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