Publication Details

Melhuish, E., Belsky, J., Leyland, A., Anning, A., Hall, D., Tunstill, J., Ball, M., Meadows, P., Barnes, J., Frost, M., Hibbett, M. & Cullis, A. (2010). The impact of Sure Start local programmes on 5-year-olds and their families. London, United Kingdom: Department for Education.


The ultimate goal of Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs) was to enhance the life chances for young children growing up in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Children in these communities are at risk of doing poorly at school, having trouble with peers and agents of authority (i.e., parents, teachers), and ultimately experiencing compromised life chances (e.g., early school leaving, unemployment, limited longevity). This has profound consequences not just for the children but for their families, communities, and for society at large.