CfC FP ObjectiveHealthy young families
Early learning and care
School transition and engagement
Delivered toChildren aged 0 to 5 years, especially for young children at-risk
Delivered byEarly childhood professionals – including, for example, early childhood educators, intervention workers, family support facilitators and maternal and child health nurses.
Delivery settingCommunity-based and online
Program developerMelbourne 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 structure

Program comprises 4 elements:

  1. Learning games®
  2. Conversational reading
  3. Language priority
  4. Enriched care-giving.

Facilitator training

  • 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.


Email: [email protected] 
Principal consultant: Jane Page