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Longitudinal Study is a federally-funded investigation of the effects
of an early and extensive childhood
intervention in central-city Chicago
called the Child-Parent Center (CPC) Program. The study began
in 1986 to investigate the effects of
government-funded kindergarten programs
for 1,539 children in the Chicago
The study is in its 16th year of operation. Besides
investigating the short- and long-term
effects of early childhood
intervention, the study traces the
scholastic and social development of
participating children and the
contributions of family and school
practices to children's behavior. The
CPC program provides educational
and family support services to children from preschool to third grade. It is funded by Title I and has operated in
the Chicago Public Schools since 1967.
The Chicago Longitudinal Study has four
- To evaluate comprehensively the impact
of the CPC program on child and family development.
- To identify and better understand the
pathways (child, family, and school-related) through
which the effects of program participation are
manifested, and more generally, through which
scholastic and behavioral development proceeds.
- To document and describe children's
patterns of school and social competence over time,
including their school achievement, academic
progress, and expectations for the future.
- To determine the effects of family,
school, neighborhood, and child-specific factors and
practices on social competence broadly defined,
especially those can be altered to promote positive
development and to prevent problematic outcomes.
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