Lifelong effects of attendance at Kindergarten Union preschools in South Australia

D'Onise, Katina, Lynch, John W., and McDermott, Robyn A. (2010) Lifelong effects of attendance at Kindergarten Union preschools in South Australia. Australian Journal of Education, 54 (3). pp. 307-324.

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While there is some evidence of long-term social benefits from early childhood educational interventions conducted in socially disadvantaged populations in the USA, there is limited evidence of similar benefits in different populations and countries. This study examined a range of social outcomes of adults aged 34-67 years who, between 1940 and 1972, attended a Kindergarten Union preschool in South Australia, a comprehensive, high-quality, centre-based preschool program. There were modest benefits on educational attainment, risk of unemployment and income, but no evidence was found to support effects on type of occupation, full-time employment or housing tenure. Preschool programs have the potential to enhance human capital development into adulthood.

Item ID: 35804
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2050-5884
Keywords: early intervention, preschool education, child development, educational attainment, outcomes of education, preschool centres
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC), National Heart Foundation
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 16:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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