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Child Care and Early Education for Low-Income Families: Choices and Consequences

Anna D. Johnson and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

in The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199769100
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199769100.013.0020

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Child Care and Early Education for Low-Income Families: Choices and Consequences

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Recent research suggests both that more children are experiencing early care and education (ECE) than ever before, and also that participation in ECE programs may be especially important for the development of low-income children. In this chapter, we discuss the potential of ECE programs to enhance developmental outcomes for low-income children. Specifically, we review issues of access to ECE for low-income families, including who uses ECE and what publicly funded ECE options exist. We discuss definitions and measurement of quality in ECE, as well as evidence for the effects of early intervention and ECE on children. The chapter concludes with suggestions for next steps for research.

Keywords: child care; early education; early intervention; low-income; quality

Article.  13445 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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