Journal article

Abecedarian: An Early Childhood Education Approach that has a Rich History and a Vibrant Present

Joseph Sparling, Kimberly Meunier

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

The Abecedarian Approach was created in the early 1970s to serve as the ‘educational treatment’ in the Abecedarian Project, a rigorous randomized controlled trial for children of disadvantaged families. The elements of the Abecedarian Approach are Language Priority, Enriched Caregiving, Conversational Reading, and LearningGames®. The Approach spans from birth to school entry and can be delivered through group child care, family child care, playgroups, and home visits. Preschool research findings showed positive effects on cognition as early as 18 months of age. School research showed improvement in reading and math achievement that persisted throughout the entire period of school enrollment...

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