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Our Supporters

Start Strong has a growing number of Supporters. Our Supporters include both organisations and individuals from a range of areas, such as:

  • Child advocacy organisations
  • Family support groups
  • Parent representative organisations
  • Community groups
  • Researchers
  • Practitioners
  • Early care and education settings
  • Human rights organisations
  • Women's rights organisations
  • Other organisations interested in children’s rights.

We value their support as we work to advance high quality care and education as a right for all young children in Ireland. Please contact us if you or your organisation would like to become a Supporter.

The following organisations and individuals have agreed to be named on our website as Supporters of Start Strong. 

Organisations (in alphabetical order)

ABC Childcare (
An Gairdin Scoil Montessori (
Association of Childhood Professionals (
Barnardos (
Bonnybrook Early Education Centre
Brigit’s Hearth Children’s Centre (
Bright Horizons Family Solutions (
Canal Communities Partnership (
Childminding Ireland - National Childminding Association of Ireland (
Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) (
Children in Northern Ireland (
Children's Rights Alliance (
Cork County Childcare Committee (
Cork City Childcare Committee (
Cork Early Years Network (
Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) ( )
Deansrath Family Centre
Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA)(
Donegal County Childcare Committee ( )
Dublin City Childcare Committee (
Dublin West Childcare & Learning Services ( )
Early Learning Initiative, National College of Ireland (
Early Childhood Ireland (
Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network (EDENN) (
Fingal County Childcare Committee (
Finglas Childcare Limited
The Genesis Programme, Co. Louth ( )
Grange Park Crèche and Montessori
Grovelands Childcare (
Early-Years/ HighScope Ireland Institute (
Institute of Community Health Nursing (ICHN)(
Irish Penal Reform Trust (
JAGGO Pre-school (
Kildare County Childcare Committee (
Lifestart (
Little Stars Pre-school, Montessori & Afterschool, Donegal
Louth County Childcare Committee (
Meath County Childcare Committee (
Montessori Alliance (
National Childhood Network (
National Women's Council of Ireland (
OMEP Ireland (
One Family (
Prevention and Early Intervention Network (
The PlayDen Montessori Pre-School (Co. Westmeath)
Poppintree Early Education Centre
Preparing for Life (
Puddleducks Pre-school
Holy Child Pre-School (Rutland Street Project)
Sligo County Childcare Committee (
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (
South Dublin County Childcare Committee (
Southside Partnership ( (
St. Brigid's Day Nursery ( )
Step-by-Step Montessori Pre-school
Strategic Innovation in Education, University of Limerick
Tigers Childcare (
Tipperary Childcare Committee (
Ulla Beag ( )
UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, NUI Galway ( )
Waterford Area Partnership (
Waterford Childcare Committee (
Western Area Childcare Partnership (
Westmeath County Childcare Committee (
Wicklow County Childcare Committee (
youngballymun (

Individuals (in alphabetical order)

Jenny Bernard
Deirdre Breatnach (Lecturer in Early Childhood Care and Education, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)
Dr. Judith E. Butler (Lecturer in Early Childhood Care and Education, Cork Institute of Technology)
Emma Byrne-MacNamee (Early Years Specialist)
Frances Clerkin (PhD Student, Education, University College Cork)
Margaret Coen (Childcare Tutor/Trainer)
Ann Coughlan (Chairperson of Educators in Early Childhood Intervention, and Early Intervention Educator with Enable Ireland, Cork)
Dr. Tony Crooks (Chair, Start Strong)
Patricia Curtis (Apley Speech and Language Therapy Services)
Kaniah Cusack (Researcher)
Audry Deane (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul)
Florence Dinneen (Consultant, Early Childhood Care & Education)
Marie Doherty (Early Years Specialist with Better Start (DCYA and Pobal))
Mel Duffy (Early Years Specialist)
Elizabeth Dunphy (Senior Lecturer Early childhood Education, St Patrick's College Drumcondra)
Sally Ekin
Kieran Farrell
Mairéad Fenlon (BA (hons) Early Childhood Education and Montessori Teacher)
Denise Flood (Early Years Department, Portobello Institute)
Siobhán Fogarty (Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology)
Geraldine French, PhD (Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, DIT)
Clíona Frost (Early Years Supporter & Researcher)
Sheila Garrity  (PhD Fellow, Child & Family Research Centre, NUI Galway (CFRC))
Paula Gavin (Childcare Manager, SALI Childcare Service, Galway)
Dr. Aisling Gillen (Children & Families Social Services, HSE West)
Suzanne Golden (Adult and Continuing Education, NUI Galway)
Professor Sheila Greene (Trinity College Dublin)
Pauline Gregory
Máire Hannify  (PhD Fellow, Child & Family Research Centre, NUI Galway)
Gráinne Hartin (Early Years Project Leader & Tutor)
Noirín Hayes (Professor Emeritus, Centre for Social and Educational Research [CSER] at Dublin Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin)
Gwen Healy (Post Graduate Early Childhood Studies and Applied Social Studies, University College Cork)
Úna Hill (Director, Bonnybrook Early Education Centre)
Niamh Keating (Graduate Early Childhood Care and Education, Mary Immaculate College Limerick)
Noel Kelly (Programme Manager, Preparing for Life)
Pat Kiernan (Community Childcare Centre Manager)
Mercedes M. Ledwith (Psychologist, Blackrock)
Sinead Matson (Lecturer in Early  Childhood Education and Care)
Marguerita Magennis (Lecturer in Early Years and Pedagogy, Mary Immaculate College/ Child Psychologist, Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Galway)
Dr. Úna McCabe (Drama Education, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra)
Abina McCarthy (Student at Mary Immaculate College)
Marlene McCormack, (Lecturer and Placement Coordinator on the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Programme, DCU - St. Patrick's Campus)
Roisin Mc Glone (Programme Chair,Lecturer, Placement Coordinator, ECCE , IT Sligo)
Dr. Kieran McKeown (Social & Economic Research Consultant)
Avril McMonagle (Donegal County Childcare Committee)
Claire McMonagle (Graduate, Early Childhood Care & Education)
Cora McNeela
Mary McSkeane (Lecturer in Early Childhod Studies, Dundalk IT)
Brenda Molloy (Community Mothers Programme, HSE Dublin North East and Dublin Mid-Leinster)
Dr. Mary Moloney (Lecturer in Early Childhood Care and Education, Mary Immaculate College)
Des Mooney (Tutor in Early Childhood Care and Education)
Joe Moynihan (Lecturer in Early Years Education, Cork Institute of Technology)
Candy Murphy (CM Advice Ltd.)
Deirdre Murphy (Student, Early Childhood Studies, Dundalk IT)
Colette Murray (Co-ordinator of EDENN and Pre-school Education Initiative for Children from Minority Groups)
Gerardine Neylon (Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick)
Paula Nolan (Childcare Tutor)
Catherine O'Brien (Early Years Provider)
Catherine O'Connor (Lecturer Early Childhood Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology and part-time NUI Maynooth/Clinical Psychologist)
Doireann O’Connor (Lecturer in Early Childhood Care and Education, Sligo IT)
Annie O'Doherty (Pobal)
Christine O'Farrelly (Postgraduate Researcher, School of Psychology, UCD)
Eileen O’Hanlon (Pre-School Services, HSE West)
Meera Oke (Portobello Institute)
Charlotte O'Kelly (Student, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education, DIT Mountjoy Square)
Caroline O'Neill (Early Years Development Worker)
Dr. Catriona O'Toole (Lecturer in Child Psychology, NUI Maynooth)
Patsy Stafford (Froebel College of Education)
Prof. Mathias Urban (Professor Early Childhood, University of Roehampton)
Senator Jillian van Turnhout (Seanad Éireann)
Jennifer Whelan (Tutor in Early Childhood Care and Education)
Rachel Whelan (Montessori Teacher, Early Years Education)

Note: Start Strong's work is supported by a broad range of organisations and individuals. Not every opinion or position expressed in our work (whether on this or other websites, in our publications or elsewhere) necessarily reflects the opinions or positions of each supporting organisation or individual.