Journal article

The Abecedarian Approach in a Low-Resource Urban Neighborhood in Canada: An Impact Evaluation in a Child Care Setting

Harvey Stevens, Rob Santos, Shelley Jonasson, Carolyn Young, Sandy Mann, Carly Sass, Jan Sanderson, Janet Jamieson, Melanie DSouza, Kimberly Meunier, Joseph Sparling



Despite the best efforts, persistent educational gaps remain between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children when they begin school. This evaluation explores the impact of the Abecedarian Approach for early education on the language development of First Nations and non-First Nations children, living in a low-resource, urban neighborhood in Canada. A treatment group received the Abecedarian Approach in a child care center, supplemented by home visiting, and comprised 20 families with 41 children of whom 51% were First Nations. The control group comprised 27 families with 39 children of whom 46% were First Nations. The analyses presented explore child language outcomes at the end of the second ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Government of Manitoba, Healthy Child Manitoba Office. We gratefully acknowledge the staff of the Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Center for their faithful implementation of the Abecedarian program and the families and children for their ongoing engagement in the program and willingness to participate in the evaluation research.