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

41 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2019

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Mari Rege

University of Stavanger

Ingunn Størksen

University of Stavanger

Ingeborg F. Solli

University of Stavanger

Ariel Kalil

University of Chicago

Megan McClelland

Oregon State University

Dieuwer ten Braak

University of Stavanger

Ragnhild Lenes

University of Stavanger

Svanaug Lunde

University of Stavanger

Svanhild Breive

University of Agder

Martin Carlsen

University of Agder

Ingvald Erfjord

University of Agder

Per S. Hundeland

University of Agder

Date Written: 2019

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

JEL Classification: I200, H420

Suggested Citation

Rege, Mari and Størksen, Ingunn and Solli, Ingeborg F. and Kalil, Ariel and McClelland, Megan and Braak, Dieuwer ten and Lenes, Ragnhild and Lunde, Svanaug and Breive, Svanhild and Carlsen, Martin and Erfjord, Ingvald and Hundeland, Per S., Promoting Child Development in a Universal Preschool System: A Field Experiment (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3434830 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3434830

Mari Rege (Contact Author)

University of Stavanger ( email )

PB 8002
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

Ingunn Størksen

University of Stavanger ( email )

PB 8002
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

Ingeborg F. Solli

University of Stavanger ( email )

PB 8002
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

Ariel Kalil

University of Chicago ( email )

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Megan McClelland

Oregon State University ( email )

Bexell Hall 200
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Dieuwer ten Braak

University of Stavanger ( email )

PB 8002
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

Ragnhild Lenes

University of Stavanger ( email )

PB 8002
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

Svanaug Lunde

University of Stavanger ( email )

PB 8002
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

Svanhild Breive

University of Agder ( email )

Serviceboks 422
N-4604 Kristiansand, VEST AGDER 4604
Norway

Martin Carlsen

University of Agder ( email )

Serviceboks 422
N-4604 Kristiansand, VEST AGDER 4604
Norway

Ingvald Erfjord

University of Agder ( email )

Serviceboks 422
N-4604 Kristiansand, VEST AGDER 4604
Norway

Per S. Hundeland

University of Agder ( email )

Serviceboks 422
N-4604 Kristiansand, VEST AGDER 4604
Norway

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