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Promoting Child Development in a Universal Preschool System: A Field Experiment

Mari Rege (), Ingunn Størksen, Ingeborg F. Solli, Ariel Kalil, Megan McClelland, Dieuwer ten Braak, Ragnhild Lenes, Svanaug Lunde, Svanhild Breive, Martin Carlsen, Ingvald Erfjord and Per S. Hundeland

No 7775, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: This study tests an intervention that introduces a structured curriculum for five-year olds into the universal preschool context of Norway. We conduct a field experiment with 691 five-year-olds in 71 preschools and measure treatment impacts on children’s development in mathematics, language and executive functioning. Compared to business as usual, the nine-month curriculum intervention has effects on child development at post-intervention and the effects persist one year following the end of the treatment. The effects are entirely driven by the preschool centers identified as low-quality at baseline, suggesting that a structured curriculum can reduce inequality in early childhood learning environments.

Keywords: universal preschool; intervention; randomized controlled trial; field experiment; child development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 H42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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