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The Effect of Center-Based Early Education on Disadvantaged Children’s Developmental Trajectories: Experimental Evidence from Colombia

Raquel Bernal (), Michele Giannola and Milagros Nores
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Raquel Bernal: Universidad de Los Andes

CSEF Working Papers from Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy

Abstract: Early childhood development is recognized as a global priority, but questions remain regarding how to best serve the needs of disadvantaged children in low- and middle-income countries. We study the effects of a high-quality center-based early childhood intervention on the development of disadvantaged children in Colombia. We conduct a randomized controlled trial with over 1000 children followed longitudinally over a five-year period. The intervention leads to positive and sustained effects on children’s health, and positive effects on cognitive development that dissipate in the last year of the program. We find no effect on socio-emotional development or on the home environment.

Keywords: early childhood development; early education; poverty; impact evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H43 I10 I20 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023-02-03, Revised 2024-02-01
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