Inequality, Opportunity, and Child Development Colloquium Series
EQOP PI Henrik Daae Zachrisson spends the academic year of 2019-2020 as visiting Fulbright Professor at Boston College to launch the EQOP project. Together with EQOP investigator, Professor Eric Dearing of Boston College and University of Oslo, he is organizing a colloquium series at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
About the Colloquium
As policymakers seek to expand public subsidies for early care and education (ECE)programs - from greater funding for child care subsidies to increase spending for preschool for three- and four-year-olds - it is vital to have a solid understanding of the cost of high - quality ECE programs, the share of costs that families can afford to pay, the mechanisms for subsidizing families who participate in such programs or the providers who deliver them, and how to finance programs with equitable and sustainable funding streams. This presentation will focus on research measuring ECE program costs at the provider level and modelling key cost drivers. Estimates of the cost for the country of high-quality ECE with a well-compensated workforce and the economic returns to ECE will also be discussed.
About the Speaker
Lynn A. Karoly is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. Her recent research on human capital investments has centered on early childhood interventions including home visiting, child care, and early learning programs. Another area of her expertise is the application of benefit-cost analysis and related tools such as cost-analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis to social programs. Karoly was a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Commitee on Financing Early Care and Education With a Highly Qualified Workforce (2018). Karoly received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.