Transforming early Education and Child Health

TeEACH works with the youngest and most vulnerable children in our community to change the trajectory of their lives for the better. We focus on early childhood—expectant parents, babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and early primary students—bringing about real change for children, their families and communities.

Our vision is that no child should have their potential limited by the settings into which they are born and live.

From conception to eight years old

Our early years are crucial in setting us on a trajectory that will have impact across our lives. The first 1000 days of life is known to influence our health as adults, with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and poor mental health often having their origins in the early years.

In the first 2000 days of life, school readiness is linked to a lifetime of benefits from accrued educational success. Investing in the early years is more important and more powerful than at any other stage of life because this is the time of life where there is the most potential to change the long-term path for individual children and entire communities    

Cross-sector collaboration

TeEACH brings together professionals from different fields, working as one to tackle the complex issues facing children in adversity. By facing challenges together, we avoid the siloed approach that has previously seen experts in health, education and social work working in isolation to improve the lives of our youngest citizens.    

In Australia today


children and young people have mental health problems.    


children and young people are obese


child abuse notifications per year


children started school developmentally vulnerable

In partnership with industry and the community

We use participatory research methods, elevating children’s voices and designing our research alongside the communities we serve. We also partner with government, industry, heath services, not-for-profits, professional bodies and philanthropic organisations to change lives for the better. These crucial partnerships ensure our research delivers on the needs of professionals interacting with families every day, and results in real change.

Local focus, global footprint

TeEACH works closely with families in our backyard in Western Sydney, and much of our piloting and development work happens here. But our research has global impact. Our sustained nurse home visiting program MECSH (Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting) is just one example of our research with international impact.  MECSH has been rolled out across the United Kingdom, United States, South Korea and Australia. We also have an early years education program running in Australia and Chile.

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Want to know more about our research?


Associate Professor Rebekah Grace
(02) 8738 9362