The effects of a project and play-based early education program on medium term developmental trajectories of young children in a low-income setting.

112 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2022

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Raquel Bernal

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Michele Giannola

University of Naples Federico II; CSEF - University of Naples Federico II - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF); Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Milagros Nores

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Date Written: August 31, 2022

Abstract

Extensive research has shown comprehensive early interventions can improve the developmental outcomes of disadvantaged children. However, the evidence on the effectiveness of high-quality center-based programs for young children in developing countries is still scarce, where programs are typically of low quality and only short-term impacts have been assessed. This paper reports short and medium-run effects from a high-quality early education intervention characterized by key elements of process quality such as project and play-based learning and rich adult-child interactions, on children younger than four years of age in two communities in northern Colombia. We find strong positive effects on cognitive development and health, and no significant impacts on socioemotional development.

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

JEL Classification: J13, I10, I20, H43

Suggested Citation

Bernal, Raquel and Giannola, Michele and Nores, Milagros, The effects of a project and play-based early education program on medium term developmental trajectories of young children in a low-income setting. (August 31, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4191995 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4191995

Raquel Bernal

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

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

Michele Giannola

University of Naples Federico II ( email )

Naples, Naples
Italy

CSEF - University of Naples Federico II - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF)

Via Cintia
Complesso Monte S. Angelo
Naples, Naples 80126
Italy

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

Milagros Nores (Contact Author)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( email )

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

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