The role of preschool in reducing inequality
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Jane Waldfogel: Columbia University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor, 2015, 219
Children from disadvantaged families have lower levels of school readiness when they enter school than do children from more advantaged families. Many countries have tried to reduce this inequality through publicly provided preschool. Evidence on the potential of these programs to reduce inequality in child development is now quite strong. Long-term studies of large publicly funded programs in Europe and Latin America, and newer studies on state and local prekindergarten programs implemented more recently in the US, find that the programs do improve outcomes for young children, particularly for those from disadvantaged families.
Keywords: preschool; inequality; child development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I24 I26 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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