Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education refers to model programmes (Perry Preschool, Abecedarian, and Chicago Parent Child Centres) and larger programmes (Head Start) for low-income children aged 3-4. These programmes target a range of ages and can take place in a variety of settings (including schools and child centres).

Target group Children aged 3-4 from low-income families.
Focus of intervention
    Level of intervention
    • Selective prevention
    Outcomes affected
    • Talking and reading
    • Doing well in school
    • Good behaviour
    • No risky sex
    • Not abused or neglected
    Impact of intervention

    Child abuse and neglect: -0.47*
    Crime: -0.23
    Employment: 0.26
    High school graduation: 0.16*
    K-12 grade repetition: -0.36*
    K-12 special education: -0.26*
    Out-of-home placement: -0.40*
    Teen pregnancy under age 18: -0.19
    Test scores: 0.27*

    *statistically significant at p<0.05

    Figure(s) taken from Appendix A of this report.

    Meta-analysis updated in August 2013.

    Risk & protective factors targeted

    Cost-benefit analysis

    Source of benefits

    Contact information
    Local authorities running the intervention in the UK
    • None known at present

    Please contact us if you are running this intervention in the UK.