What is the abecedarian approach?

The Abecedarian Approach is one of the few evidence-based, proven programs that integrates basic principles of human learning and development into a fun, affordable, and effective approach to early childhood education. The Abecedarian Approach was first implemented in a landmark study conducted in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with 111 children born into extremely disadvantaged life circumstances – The Abecedarian Project.

The intervention goals were: to support families, and to improve children’s early development and their school achievement.

The broad program included playful interactions, enriched care, and stable relationships among children and adults. Rich language interactions were individualised, frequent and intentional throughout the day, and took place through all the common events of living and caregiving.

The Approach emphasised the role of young children as active learners and the value of response-contingent feedback from the environment, and was devised into four key elements:

  • Language Priority
  • LearningGames®
  • Conversational Reading
  • Enriched Caregiving

Here at Coomera Clubhouse, our team are trained in the Abecedarian Approach and we have two official 3a Practitioners that guide our Educators. All of our families and community are invited to our Community Hub over at Centre 1, where you can access LearningGames® and other resources, including books to enjoy some Conversational Reading with your child in the comfort of our library.

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