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Subsidized childcare and child development in Colombia: Effects of Hogares Comunitarios de Bienestar as a function of timing and length of exposure

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  • Bernal, Raquel
  • Fernández, Camila

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Rigorous evidence regarding the impact of early care and education on children's development comes primarily from high-income nations. A few studies from Latin America and the Caribbean have identified benefits of conditional cash transfer and home visiting programs on children's development. However, there is still controversy around the impact and cost-effectiveness of childcare approaches. Further research is needed to understand how scaled-up childcare settings may support the development of low-income children in Latin America.

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  • Bernal, Raquel & Fernández, Camila, 2013. "Subsidized childcare and child development in Colombia: Effects of Hogares Comunitarios de Bienestar as a function of timing and length of exposure," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 241-249.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:97:y:2013:i:c:p:241-249
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.10.029
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    1. Diana Lopez-Avila, 2016. "Child Discipline and Social Programs: Evidence from Colombia," Working Papers halshs-01305961, HAL.
    2. Mercedes Mateo Díaz & Lourdes Rodriguez-Chamussy, 2016. "Cashing in on Education," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 25082.
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    Keywords

    Colombia; Child development; Childcare; Nutrition; Early childhood intervention; Poverty; Developing countries; Latin America;

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    • F - International Economics
    • Z - Other Special Topics

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