Journal article

Potential of 'stacking' early childhood interventions to reduce inequities in learning outcomes

Carly Molloy, Meredith O'Connor, Shuaijun Guo, Colleen Lin, Christopher Harrop, Nicholas Perini, Sharon Goldfeld

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Early childhood interventions are critical for reducing child health and development inequities. While most research focuses on the efficacy of single interventions, combining multiple evidence-based strategies over the early years of a child's life may yield greater impact. This study examined the association between exposure to a combination of five evidence-based services from 0 to 5 years on children's reading at 8-9 years. METHODS: Data from the nationally representative birth cohort (n=5107) of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children were utilised. Risk and exposure measures across five services from 0 to 5 years were assessed: antenatal care, nurse home-visiting, ear..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Australian Government Department of Social Services for funding this analysis of the LSAC data. The research is also supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. SG is supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship (APP1155290).