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The HighScope/Perry Preschool, Abecedarian Project, and Chicago Child-Parent Centers provide the highest intensity of programming with daily services in school and home visits.
With its priority on language and focus on intentional, individual and responsive adult-child interactions to promote children's learning, the core ingredients of the Abecedarian Approach (Ramey, Sparling & Landesman Ramey, 2012) are well aligned with the strategies identified above as beneficial to positive developmental outcomes for children identified as high risk.
It examines 10 of the best-known, widely cited programs of the last half century--Abbott Preschool, Abecedarian, Boston Pre-K, Chicago Child-Parent Centers, Georgia Pre-K, Head Start, Nurse-Family Partnership, Oklahoma Pre-K, Perry Preschool, and Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K--and the research on those programs.
"Multiple Inference and Gender Differences in the Effects of Early Intervention: A Reevaluation of the Abecedarian, Perry Preschool, and Early Training Projects." Journal of the American Statistical Association 103 (484): 481-1495.
The Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) devised by Sparling and colleagues, with input from theorists, teachers and parents, involves a suite of teaching and learning strategies to support high quality early childhood education and the later academic achievement of children from at risk and under-resourced families (Sparling, 2011).
Not even the famous early childhood programs, like the Abecedarian Project and the Perry Preschool, avoided substantial fade out.
These are the Abecedarian project in North Carolina, the Perry Preschool program in Michigan, and the Chicago Child-Parent preschool program.
If you look like a total abecedarian (big word for a newbie), you'll never be invited to any of those dinner-shooting-vest-attire-only charity fundraisers.
In a 2001 review of these studies, Janet Currie provides a useful summary of the studies of two widely known programs, the Abecedarian Project and the Perry Preschool Project, both of which have served children from low-income families (Currie also cites the Chicago Child Parent Centers as another studied program that achieved positive results.
Ramey started working on the now-famous ongoing Carolina Abecedarian Project preschool study in North Carolina in 1972, "there was a real suspicion that the environment really didn't matter much as long as the kid had been fed regularly and not physically abused." Most educators and researchers followed the model put forth by Jean Piaget, a Swiss developmental psychologist who helped found modern child psychology.
"Abecedarian! Culturae: Structuralism, Absence, Writing." TriQuarterly 20 (1971): 33-71.
A recent study tallied the results of the Carolina Abecedarian Project.