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Family Matters No. 59 - June 2001

The UK Sure Start Program

June Statham and Naomi Eisenstadt

Abstract

The Sure Start program in the United Kingdom is an early intervention program supporting children under four and their families. It aims to improve the health and well being of children in disadvantaged areas so that they are ready to thrive when they start school. The article describes the background to the Sure Start program, what it offers, and what it aims to achieve. It then reviews the early experience of program implementation to draw out some initial lessons for policy makers who may be thinking of developing similar initiatives.

The Sure Start program in the United Kingdom is an early intervention program supporting children under four and their families. It aims to improve the health and well being of children in disadvantaged areas so that they are ready to thrive when they start school. The article describes the background to the Sure Start program, what it offers, and what it aims to achieve. It then reviews the early experience of program implementation to draw out some initial lessons for policy makers who may be thinking of developing similar initiatives.

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