The Abecedarian Project demonstrated that young children who receive high-quality early education from infancy to age five do better in school academically, and are more likely to stay in school longer and graduate. Children who participated in the early intervention program had higher cognitive test scores from the toddler years to age 21. What's more, children who receive high-quality early education were, on average, older when their first child was born.
Conducted by Dr. Craig Ramey, one of the nation's leading early childhood researchers, this was the first study to track participants in an early education program from infancy to age 21. This study tracked 111 low-income African-American families in North Carolina. Half of the participants were randomly assigned to receive full-time educational intervention services in day care in infancy; the other half did not receive educational services.