ERIC Number: EJ931694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Effect of Foster Care on Young Children's Language Learning
Windsor, Jennifer; Benigno, Joann P.; Wing, Christine A.; Carroll, Patrick J.; Koga, Sebastian F.; Nelson, Charles A., III; Fox, Nathan A.; Zeanah, Charles H.
Child Development, v82 n4 p1040-1046 Jul-Aug 2011
This report examines 174 young children's language outcomes in the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, the first randomized trial of foster placement after institutional care. Age of foster placement was highly correlated with language outcomes. Placement by 15 months led to similar expressive and receptive language test scores as typical age peers at 30 and 42 months. Placement from 15 to 24 months also led to dramatic language improvement. In contrast, children placed after 24 months had the same severe language delays as children in institutional care. Language samples at 42 months confirmed that placement after 24 months led to lower expressive skill.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Placement, Delayed Speech, Language Tests, Young Children, Receptive Language, Language Acquisition, Foster Care, Early Childhood Education, Scores, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Age
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Romania