CLUSTER RANDOMISED CONTROL TRIAL OF AN EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE LITERACY AND LANGUAGE OUTCOMES IN PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN

Grant number: LP0561522

Abstract

Reading failure disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities in Australia, with nearly 40% of poor children failing to read at the minimum reading benchmark in Grade three. Of more concern is the disturbing trend indicating that prior to first grade, socioeconomic status (SES) differences also exist in important antecedents of reading such as letter knowledge and phonological processing skills, yet there remains no universal program to promote early language and literacy practices in the primary care setting. We propose a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of a multi injection intervention to improve literacy outcomes of children in disadvantaged communities..

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