A critical review of the early childhood literature

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) undertook a critical review of the key and influential evidence on the value of preschool for three year olds, Indigenous children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and the applicability of the international evidence to the Australian context. They canvassed literature from Australia, UK, USA, Canada and Europe and selected the seven early childhood programs considered to be the most influential, highly referenced and evaluated studies since 1960.