BEEP - The Brookline Early Education Project Follow-up Study - Boston College






Major Findings


BEEPers Come of Age: 
The Brookline Early Education Project Follow-up Study

Judith Palfrey, M. D.
Boston Children's Hospital
Martha B. Bronson, Ed.D. 
Penny Hauser-Cram, Ed.D. 
Selcuk Sirin, M.A.
Boston College
Marji Erickson Warfield, Ph.D. 
University of Mass. Medical School 
Participants in the Follow-up Study
Approximately 240 young adults and their parent(s) participated in the BEEP Follow-up Study. Half of the young adult participants attended BEEP; the other half were of the same age and background and had attended the same school system as the BEEP participants. Parents and young adults completed questionnaires and phone interviews. 
Major findings
Young adults who grew up in an urban community and had participated in BEEP have significantly higher incomes, more years of education, are more likely to be employed or in school, report higher health ratings, lower levels of depression, and more positive health behaviors (i.e., fewer risky behaviors) than their urban peers.
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The subsample of urban young adults who attended BEEP and also attended suburban schools (through the METCO program) have higher levels of self-concept as well as more positive health behaviors and lower rates of depression than their comparison peers.
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BEEP appears to have had the effect of improving the outcomes of urban young adults such that their outcomes resemble those of their economically advantaged suburban peers.
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Considering all young adults who attended BEEP (urban and suburban), those who had participated in the program for a longer period of time report being engaged in more intellectually challenging employment. 
Considering all young adults (urban and suburban) who attended BEEP, those who had received the greatest level of intensity of service, report more positive relationships with their parents.
Almost all mothers (over 95 %) report that they would recommend a program like BEEP to their child if he or she became a parent.
Mothers report that the home visits had been the most important part of the program in terms of receiving support as parents.
Beyond agreement about the value of home visiting, urban and suburban mothers have different perspectives on the value of other services. Urban mothers report that the learning opportunities for their child were key aspects of the program for them whereas suburban mothers indicate that the medical and developmental exams were valuable components.
The most frequently mentioned negative comments about BEEP by mothers is that the services should have continued beyond kindergarten.

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