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Adult outcomes as a function of an early childhood educational program: An Abecedarian Project follow-up

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Developmental Psychology, Jan 16 , 2012
Campbell, Frances; Pungello, Elizabeth; Burchinal, Margaret; Kainz, Kirsten; Pan, Yi; Wasik, Barbara; Barbarin, Oscar; Sparling, Joseph; Ramey, Craig
Publication Date: 
30 Jan 2012


Adult (age 30) educational, economic, and social-emotional adjustment outcomes were investigated for participants in the Abecedarian Project, a randomized controlled trial of early childhood education for children from low-income families. Of the original 111 infants enrolled (98% African American), 101 took part in the age 30 follow-up. Primary indicators of educational level, economic status, and social adjustment were examined as a function of early childhood treatment. Treated individuals attained significantly more years of education, but income-to-needs ratios and criminal involvement did not vary significantly as a function of early treatment. A number of other indicators were described for each domain. Overall, the findings provide strong evidence for educational benefits, mixed evidence for economic benefits, and little evidence for treatment-related social adjustment outcomes. Implications for public policy are discussed

Entered Date: 
1 Feb 2012
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