Preschool Quality and Child Development

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Alison Andrew

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Orazio Attanasio

University College London - Department of Economics; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Raquel Bernal

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Lina Cardona-Sosa

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Sonya Krutikova

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Marta Rubio-Codina

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Date Written: August 2019

Abstract

Global access to preschool has increased dramatically yet preschool quality is often poor. We use a randomized controlled trial to evaluate two approaches to improving the quality of Colombian preschools. We find that the first, which was rolled out nationwide and provides additional resources for materials and new staff, did not benefit children’s development and, unintentionally, led teachers to reduce their involvement in classroom activities. The second approach additionally trains teachers to improve their pedagogical methods. We find this addition offset the negative effects on teacher behavior, improved the quality of teaching and raised children’s cognition, language and school readiness.

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Suggested Citation

Andrew, Alison and Attanasio, Orazio and Bernal, Raquel and Cardona-Sosa, Lina and Krutikova, Sonya and Rubio-Codina, Marta, Preschool Quality and Child Development (August 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26191, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3446497

Alison Andrew (Contact Author)

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Orazio Attanasio

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Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Raquel Bernal

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

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Colombia

Lina Cardona-Sosa

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

7 Ridgmount Street
London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

Sonya Krutikova

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

7 Ridgmount Street
London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

Marta Rubio-Codina

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States

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