Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a)
|CfC FP Objective||Healthy Young Families|
Early Learning and Care
School Transition and Engagement
|Delivered to||Children aged 0 to 5 years, especially for young children at-risk|
|Delivered by||Early childhood professionals – including, for example, early childhood educators, intervention workers, family support facilitators and maternal and child health nurses.|
|Delivery setting||Community-based and online|
|Program developer||Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne|
About the program
The program is a combination of teaching and learning strategies for use in early childhood settings and parenting programs designed to enhance children’s cognitive, emotional and communication outcomes and readiness for school.
Program comprises 4 elements:
- Learning games®
- Conversational reading
- Language priority
- Enriched care-giving.
- Practitioner: 3 days
- Affiliate trainer: 3 days Practitioner + 1 day trainer add-on
- Coach: 3 days Practitioner + 1 day coach add-on
Learn more about training options and dates.
Learning Games are now downloadable from the dashboard. You need to hold a current 3a certificate to access them.
- 3a Practitioner training – $1815
- 3a Coach training – $726
- 3a Affiliate Trainer training – $726
NT LearningGames (an Indigenous Edition) provide PDFs at no cost. Write to: [email protected]
Evaluation and effectiveness
An RCT was undertaken in North Carolina, USA 1972-1977 with a sample of children from vulnerable or disadvantaged families. Children in this study have been followed into adulthood. Outcomes of the program included: higher cognitive test scores than control group; higher academic achievement; enhanced language development. Mothers whose children participated in the program achieved higher educational and employment status. The disadvantaged children who attended the program for the first 5 years of life had better health at 35 years of age. Current research is underway in Australia and Canada.
Campbell, F. A., Conti, G., Heckman, J. J., Moon, S., & Pinto, R. (2014). Early Childhood Program Improves Adult Health. Science, 343(6178), 1478-1485.
Campbell, F., Pungello, E., Burchinal, M., et al. (2012). Adult outcomes as a function of an early childhood educational program: an abecedarian project follow-up. Developmental Psychology, 48(4), 1033-1043.
More references are available on the project website.