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ERIC Number: EJ922719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Effects of a Two-Generation Preschool Programme on Receptive Language Skill in Low-Income Canadian Children
Benzies, Karen; Edwards, Nancy; Tough, Suzanne; Nagan, Kimberly; Mychasiuk, Richelle; Keown, Leslie-Anne; Donnelly, Carlene
Early Child Development and Care, v181 n3 p397-412 2011
We evaluated the effectiveness of a two-generation preschool programme (centre-based early childhood education, parenting education and family support) on receptive language skills in children living in culturally diverse families with low income. Using a with-in subject pre-test/post-test design, children (N = 112) showed a statistically significant improvement in receptive language skill as measured by the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Third Edition. At post-test, the children continued to score below typically developing children of the same age. There were no statistically significant differences on receptive language skill with regard to child gender, culture, caregiver education, nor involvement in child welfare services. Only for children of Aboriginal ancestry (n = 40) was the amount of time spent in the programme significantly correlated with the amount of positive change in receptive language skill. When designing early intervention programmes for families with low income, targeting the specific needs of cultural sub-groups may improve outcomes. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test