Effective Early Educational Experiences, or E4Kids, is the most extensive longitudinal study ever conducted into the impact and effectiveness of early childhood education and care in Australia, as well as outcomes for children who do not attend programs.

Over five years, we followed almost 2,500 children in Victoria and Queensland, measuring their progress as they participate in childcare, pre-school and family day care programs.

Our research examined the contributions made by different programs to children's learning and development over time, featuring children in both home-based and centre-based environments as a part of the study.

E4Kids was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project (LP) Scheme (Grant LP0990200) in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Queensland Department of Education and Training.

E4Kids overview of findings (PDF, 6.1 MB)