Bustamante, Dearing, Zachrisson & Vandell (2021): Adult outcomes of sustained high-quality early child care and education: Do they vary by family income?

I: Child Development. Online first. Open Access

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Andres S. Bustamante, Eric Dearing, Henrik Daae Zachrisson & Deborah Lowe Vandell


Experimental research demonstrates sustained high-quality early care and education (ECE) can mitigate the consequences of poverty into adulthood. However, the long-term effects of community-based ECE are less known. Using the 1991 NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (n = 994; 49.7% female; 73.6% White, 10.6% African American, 5.6% Latino, 10.2% Other), results show that ECE was associated with reduced disparities between low- and higher-income children's educational attainment and wages at age 26. Disparities in college graduation were reduced the more months that low-income children spent in ECE (d = .19). For wages, disparities were reduced when children from low-income families attended sustained high-quality ECE (d = .19). Findings suggest that community-based ECE is linked to meaningful educational and life outcomes, and sustained high-quality ECE is particularly important for children from lower-income backgrounds.

Publisert 26. okt. 2021 13:56 - Sist endret 29. okt. 2021 15:28