Effective Early Childhood Education Programs for Disadvantaged Children

A Systematic Review and Case Studies

Authored by: Bette Chambers , Oli de Botton , Alan Cheung , Robert E. Slavin

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415884341
eBook ISBN: 9780203841198
Adobe ISBN: 9781136897023


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The education of young children who are at risk for school failure due to poverty is widely recognized as an important factor in determining their future success in school and in life. Previous reviews of programs for disadvantaged children between the ages of 3 and 5, or before they begin kindergarten, demonstrate that early childhood education is a worthwhile investment (Barnett, Frede, Mosbasher, & Mohr, 1987; Reynolds, Temple, Robertson, & Mann, 2001). This chapter summarizes the findings of a current systematic review of studies that compared the research on different types of preschool programs (Chambers, Cheung, Slavin, Smith, & Lauranzano, 2010). Brief case studies provide snapshots of the highest rated programs to characterize the types of programs that the review found to be effective in promoting academic outcomes (de Botton, 2010).

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