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ERIC Number: EJ1055897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0663
Long-Term Implications of Early Education and Care Programs for Australian Children
Coley, Rebekah Levine; Lombardi, Caitlin McPherran; Sims, Jacqueline
Journal of Educational Psychology, v107 n1 p284-299 Feb 2015
Using nationally representative data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC; N = 5,107), this study assessed prospective connections between children's early education and care (EEC) experiences from infancy through preschool and their cognitive and behavioral functioning in 1st grade. Incorporating 6 waves of data, analyses found that greater duration and intensity of exposure to center EEC settings predicted heightened fluid intelligence but also decreased behavioral functioning across multiple realms and reporters. Assessment of the timing of exposure found that the combination of infant/toddler and preschool center EEC, rather than only preschool EEC, drove these patterns. Results largely replicate patterns from U.S. studies, suggesting the importance of identifying EEC programs and models that can support children's behavioral as well as cognitive skills. In contrast to U.S. results, associations between center EEC and children's later functioning did not extend to basic academic skills and were not moderated by family socioeconomic resources or child temperament.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A