The Early Childhood Research Team is an interdisciplinary group of researchers who use experimental, quasi-experimental and natural experimental approaches to research factors related to childhood and human development. The team is comprised of a number of senior and junior researchers and Ph.D. students who study the micro analysis of human behaviour, with a particular focus on early child development. This area includes the Preparing for Life Programme, led by Principal Investigator Dr Orla Doyle, with funding form Atlantic Philanthropies and Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Distinguished internal and external academic collaborators include Professor James Heckman (UCD & University of Chicago), Professor Richard Tremblay (UCD Professor of Early Childhood and Human Development), and Professor Colm Harmon (University of Sydney).