Better Beginnings Better Futures: Long-Term Impacts of Community-based Programs for Adolescents

Early childhood development programs can help lead to longer-term success for at-risk students


The purpose of this project was to inform policy debates by documenting the achievement levels of students at the grade 12 level who participated in the Better Beginnings, Better Futures program between the ages of 4 and 8. Evaluation of participant students occurred at the grade 6 and 9 levels and showed that participants were demonstrating improved outcomes in the areas of school functioning, health promotion, and health risk prevention. Longitudinal studies like this support youth development projects based on the premise that there are many levels of influence on child development, including family characteristics, community, socioeconomic status and program participation. The long-term success of child preparedness programs can be used to guide policy decisions relating to early childhood development programs throughout the country.

Grant Outputs

Better Beginnings, Better Futures Toolkits and Videos –

This page contains PDF and video links to a detailed, bilingual how-to-do-it manual that is user-friendly and describes how to start a BBBF project in a new community, how to implement the project, and how to sustain the project and its programs.

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