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Project Number: R40 MC 00254-08
Grantee: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department/Center: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center
Project Date: 09/30/2001

Final Report

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Principal Investigator

Frances A. Campbell, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
105 Smith Level Road, CB #8180
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-8180
Phone: (919) 966-4529


  • Early Childhood (3-5 years)
  • Middle Childhood (6-11 years)
  • Adolescence (12-18 years)
  • Young Adulthood (19-25 years)


This proposal is for a competing continuation to allow the completion of the scope of work proposed for R40 MC 00254 - Intergenerational Pathways to Competence in Minority Families. The aims of the original grant were to collect adult data on individuals who had earlier been involved in randomized trials of early childhood educational intervention, including data on establishment of families, parenting effectiveness, and data from children aged 3 and older born to the adults. Adult participants were enrolled as infants in two consecutive randomized trials of early childhood intervention for poor children: the Abecedarian Project and Project CARE. Data on families, parenting skills (attitudes and practices), home environments, and childcare arrangements for young children will be collected from all adults who are parents. In addition, psychological evaluations of children born to these adults will include: parent ratings of socioemotional functioning and behavior ratings and for children who are at least 3 years old, individual standardized tests of reading and math skills, multigenerational models that link factors from the generation of parents of the original infant sample (drawn from extant data sets), data on the second generation in early and middle childhood and young adulthood, and child outcomes in the third generation will be tested. The long-term outcomes of early child care, types of early intervention for children, and direct support for parents will be the primary focus of this research, These data will have immediate and direct impact on public policy developments in the areas of early childhood education, child care, parenting and healthcare.


Listed is descending order by year published.

Campbell FA, Pungello EP, Burchinal M, Kainz K, Pan Y, Wasik BH, Barbarin OA, Sparling JJ, Ramey CT. Adult outcomes as a function of an early childhood educational program: An Abecedarian Project follow-up. Developmental Psychology. 2012 Jul;48(4):1033-43. Epub 2012 Jan 16. PubMed PMID: 22250997.

Muennig P, Robertson D, Johnson G, Campbell F, Pungello EP, Neidell M. The effect of an early education program on adult health: the Carolina Abecedarian Project randomized controlled trial. Am J Public Health. 2011 Mar;101(3):512-6. Epub 2011 Jan 13. PubMed PMID: 21233425.

Pungello EP, Kainz K, Burchinal M, Wasik B, Sparling J, Ramey C, Campbell F. Early educational intervention, early cumulative risk, and the early home environment as predictors of young adult outcomes within a high-risk sample. Child Devel. 2010 Jan/Feb;81(1):410-26.

Campbell FA, Burchinal M. Early childhood interventions: the Abecedarian Project. In: Kyllonen PC, Roberts RD, Stankov L, eds. Extending Intelligence: Enhancement and New Constructs. New York, NY: Erlbaum; 2008:61-84.

Campbell FA, Burchinal MR. Early childhood interventions: the Abecedarian Project. In: Kyllonen PC, Roberts RD, Stankov L, eds. Extending Intelligence. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. 2007:85-92.

McLaughlin AE, Campbell F, Pungello EP, Skinner M. Depressive symptoms in young adults: the influences of the early home environment and early educational child care. Child Devel. 2007 May/June;78(3):746-56.

Peart NA, Pungello EP, Campbell FA, Richey TG. Faces of fatherhood: African American young adults view the paternal role. Fam Society. 2006 Jan-Mar;87(1):71-84.


Mental Health & Wellbeing, Parenting, Cognitive & Linguistic Development, Child Care, Social & Emotional Development, Early Childhood Education, Life Course, Early Intervention

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