The Abecedarian programme provides early education to children (aged 0-8) from disadvantaged background (e.g. low parental education, low family income, absent father). The programme has two core components. First, a preschool or childcare educational programme is provided from infancy until the children enter school (0-5). The childcare centre, which operates all day, year round, offers a planned curriculum and intense interaction with teachers that encourage development in language, motor and social skills. The second component is a school-age programme provided in the first three years of school (5-8). This component is designed to increase family support and the child's learning by having a Home School Resource Teacher offer special curriculum packets with individualised learning activities during biweekly home visits. The resource teacher also helps parents use the learning activities with their children and provides support services such as referrals to community agencies and a summer camp experience.
|Target group||Children aged 0-8 from disadvantaged backgrounds.|
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*statistically significant at p<0.05
Figure(s) taken from Appendix A of this report.
Meta-analysis updated in August 2013.
Frances A. Campbell
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