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Improving Access and Quality in Early Childhood Development Programs: Experimental Evidence from The Gambia

Carneiro, P; Blimpo, M; Jervis, P; Pugatch, T; (2021) Improving Access and Quality in Early Childhood Development Programs: Experimental Evidence from The Gambia. Economic Development and Cultural Change 10.1086/714013. (In press).

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Abstract

We evaluate two experiments of early childhood development (ECD) programs in The Gambia: one increasing access to services, and another improving service quality. In the first experiment, new community-based ECD centers were introduced to randomly chosen villages that had no pre-existing structured ECD services. In the second experiment, a randomly assigned subset of existing ECD centers received intensive provider training. We find no evidence that either intervention improved average levels of child development. Exploratory analysis suggests that the first experiment, which increased access to community-based ECD services, led to declines in child development among children from less disadvantaged households.

Type: Article
Title: Improving Access and Quality in Early Childhood Development Programs: Experimental Evidence from The Gambia
DOI: 10.1086/714013
Publisher version: https://doi.org//10.1086/714013
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112411
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