The Abecedarian Approach: Level 1 (only)

For the first time in the United States, training is available for using the Abecedarian Approach with fidelity. Developed by Dr. Joseph Sparling (right) in the 1970s and significantly updated, the Abecedarian Approach has produced far-reaching and significant outcomes for children that have lasted for decades, as documented by the most famous study in early childhood care and education, FPG’s Abecedarian Project. Ongoing research has demonstrated the long-term educational, economic, and health benefits of the Abecedarian Approach, and a new international study shows dramatic developmental improvement for children from low-resource families after receiving the Abecedarian Approach through weekly home visits for the first 3 years of life.  

FPG offers two levels of training on the Abecedarian Approach. Level I (below) is a prerequisite for Level II, but you may take both levels of training consecutively. Dr. Sparling has trained facilitators himself to lead all Level I and II workshops and will be present at this round of workshops, serving as a mentor. He also developed the training materials and has used them around the world.

Read more below or register now for Level I Training (only).

Level I Training (only) prepares a cadre of early childhood teachers to implement the Abecedarian Approach with fidelity in home-based and center-based settings. It consists of 3.5 days of intensive, interactive sessions that include presentation, discussion, video exemplars and demonstrations, and role play with feedback and expert coaching.

Target Audience: Program-based teams, including early childhood program supervisors, TA specialists, and PD providers, as well as early childhood teachers and practitioners working with children birth to age 5 in home-based and center-based settings.

Level I Objectives

Attitudes: value the small steps in learning that occur in the earliest years of life; believe that your role is crucial in promoting strong child outcomes.

Knowledge: understand the four key elements of the Abecedarian Approach as well as why they have a powerful effect on child development and learning; have a wide variety of playful and effective activities ready to use at any moment.

Skills: competently apply all of the Abecedarian Approach strategies and techniques during daily interactions with young children; be able to explain to other professionals and parents the strategies and why they are important.

Dates: May 22-25

Location: Carolina Center for Educational Excellence in Chapel Hill, NC

Register here for Level I Training (only): $800*

*Cancellation Policy

UNC-Chapel Hill reserves the right to cancel this event. We advise participants traveling by air to confirm that the training will be held as scheduled before purchasing nonrefundable airline tickets. If the event is canceled by UNC-Chapel Hill, participants will receive a full refund. Participants who cancel their registration prior to May 8 will receive a refund minus an administrative fee of $65. Participants who cancel on May 8 or later will receive a refund of $400. 

How to take Level I & Level II Training consecutively