Report Roundup

Early Childhood

"Adult Outcomes as a Function of an Early Childhood Educational Program: An Abecedarian Project Follow-Up"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

A new study finds that adults who received high-quality child care starting as babies were still reaping benefits even 30 years later.

The new data were published last month in the journal Developmental Psychology by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It comes from the long-running Abecedarian Project led by the university's FPG Child Development Institute.

The follow-up study conducted when participants were age 30 found that the low-income children who had been randomly assigned to take part in the special preschool program were four times more likely to have earned college degrees than similar children in a control group. Nearly a quarter of the program participants had graduated from a four-year college or university, compared with only 6 percent of the control group.

Participants also delayed parenthood by two years longer on average than their control-group peers.

Vol. 31, Issue 19, Page 5

Published in Print: February 1, 2012, as Early Childhood
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories