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Sure Start improving children's development

The Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLP) in England lead to children having better social development and more positive social behaviour, UK research suggests.

Analysis of 5883 three-year olds from 93 disadvantaged SSLP areas with 1879 controls from 72 areas not running SSLP also found that parents in SSLP areas showed less negative parenting

Of the 14 outcomes studied, which included immunisations, accidents, maternal smoking, five showed benefit, including provision of a better home-learning environment and the results seemed to apply to all sub-populations.

Lancet 2008; 372: 1641–47

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