Impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on children and families

Jay Belsky and Edward Melhuish

in The National Evaluation of Sure Start

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303909 | DOI:
Impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on children and families

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This chapter presents findings related to the effectiveness of SSLPs in fostering the well being of nine-month-olds (who are being studied again at ages three and five) and 36-month-olds (who were only studied once) and their families by comparing children/families in 150 of the first 260 SSLP areas with counterparts living in 50 communities that did not have up-and-running SSLPs at the time they were studied, but which were to have programmes shortly after data collection (that is, Sure Start-to-be communities). It notes that, in a sense, these Sure Start-to-be communities, along with the children and families residing within them, could be conceptualized as ‘waiting-list controls’.

Keywords: well being; nine-month-olds; 36-month-olds; SSLP areas; programmes; Sure Start; waiting-list controls

Chapter.  7238 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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