Center-Based Care for Infants and Toddlers: The aeioTU Randomized Trial

89 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2018

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Milagros Nores

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Raquel Bernal

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

William Barnett

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Date Written: October 23, 2018

Abstract

Extensive research has shown comprehensive early intervention can improve the developmental outcomes of disadvantaged children. However, little is known about the effectiveness of center-based programs for infants and toddlers; relatively rare in the developing world and typically of low quality. This paper reports effects from a randomized trial of a center-based early care intervention on infants and toddlers in two communities in northern Colombia. Just eight months into the program results indicate large positive effects on language, cognitive development and overall development, with girls benefitting the most. No effects were observed for nutritional outcomes, socio-emotional development or the home environment.

Keywords: early childhood development, early education, poverty, impact evaluation

JEL Classification: J13, I10, I20, H43.

Suggested Citation

Nores, Milagros and Bernal, Raquel and Barnett, William, Center-Based Care for Infants and Toddlers: The aeioTU Randomized Trial (October 23, 2018). Documento CEDE No. 2018-48, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3288787 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3288787

Milagros Nores (Contact Author)

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Raquel Bernal

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

William Barnett

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( email )

311 North 5th Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08854
United States

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