Between July 1996 and January 2002, Judith S. Palfrey, MD, and a research team at Children's Hospital in Boston conducted a follow-up study of the long-term impact of the Brookline [Mass.] Early Education Project (BEEP).
BEEP, the first comprehensive school-based early education program in the country, operated from 1972 to 1981.
In 1996–1997, project staff first explored the study's feasibility. From 1998 through 2001, they conducted "The Brookline Early Education Project Follow-up Study."
The study compared a group of BEEP participants—young adults in their mid-20s and their parents—with a control group of non-participants. Each group contained about 120 people.