A new paper on the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse website focuses on ways of improving the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the early childhood years.
The paper, Review of Early Childhood Parenting, Education and Health Intervention Programs for Indigenous Children and Families in Australia, reviews prevention and early intervention research design and outcomes for more than 50 research reports.
The strongest evidence of program impact on Indigenous children was for improvements in children’s behaviour and infant health.
The paper said that child behaviour was improved through programs that involved active skills education for parents and a culturally sensitive approach including the Indigenous Triple P parenting program, the parent-delivered early childhood program HIPPY, and the behaviour-focused Let’s Start Parent-Child program.
It said measurable improvements in mothers’ and babies’ health came from community-embedded maternal and infant health programs, such as the NSW Aboriginal and Maternal Infant Health Strategy and the Mums and Babies Program.
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