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Childcare Quality and Child Development

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  • M. Caridad Araujo
  • Marta Dormal
  • Norbert Schady

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Development in early childhood predicts schooling and labor market outcomes in adulthood. Many young children are in some form of nonparental childcare, but the quality of this care, in particular the quality of caregiver–child interactions, is often low. In this paper, we use data from Peru to show that infants and toddlers with caregivers who demonstrate higher quality interactions have significantly better communication, problem-solving, and fine motor skills. We also find evidence that the association between the quality of care and child outcomes is significant throughout most of the distribution of child development, and largest at the bottom of it.

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  • M. Caridad Araujo & Marta Dormal & Norbert Schady, 2019. "Childcare Quality and Child Development," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 54(3), pages 656-682.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:54:y:2019:i:3:p:656-682
    Note: DOI: 10.3368/jhr.54.3.0217.8572R1
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