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April 2012

Abstract: This cohort comparison study in 28 very remote Northern Territory communities has some significant lessons about the impact of access to, attendance at and program qualities in a unique preschool model including what is  needed to "narrow the gap" between educational outcomes for disadvantaged and Indigenous children. The primary outcome measure was a national census tool, the Australian Early Development Index comprising five developmental domains (Physical, Emotional maturity, Social, Language / cognition, and General knowledge / communication). This study included a comprehensive analysis of confounding factors in children's health, family and community experiences, as well as the preschool program qualities they experienced.

Bio: Georgie has a long background as an early childhood education practitioner, and in managing system level curriculum, pedagogy and assessment programs and policy in the NT. She has represented NT interests in national fora and working parties including the Indigenous early childhood  COAG reform agenda. She is currently on secondment with Menzies' Centre for Child Development and Education from NT Department of Education and Training.