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Building Better Social ProgramsHow Evidence Is Transforming Public Policy$
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David Stoesz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190945572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190945572.001.0001

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The Abecedarian Project

The Abecedarian Project

(p.124) Chapter 6 The Abecedarian Project
Building Better Social Programs

David Stoesz

Oxford University Press

Craig Ramey, a psychologist, organized the Abecedarian project in North Carolina to determine the benefits of intensive preschool. Subsequently deployed in eight cities, Abecedarian showed that preschool programs lasting several hours daily can mitigate the disadvantages attendant on poverty. Significantly, Abecedarian serves as a comparison for Head Start, providing justification for reforming that program. Embraced by Nobel laureate, James Heckman, Early Childhood Education became a benchmark for progressive policy reform.

Keywords:   Abecedarian project, Head Start, field experiments

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