Head Start, home, or other child care centers: What promotes healthy child development?
In this study, I apply methods from the literature on broken experiments to the HSIS, to account for heterogeneity in the care settings of control group children and address two fundamental questions about Head Start: first, what is the incremental benefit of Head Start over home based care? Second, what is the incremental benefit of Head Start over other types of center-based care? I find that Head Start achieves larger and more persistent gains in child development outcomes relative to home based care, and only small, transient gains compared to other non-Head Start centers. Head Start does, however, achieve larger impacts on behavior problems and access to health care than other centers. (author abstract)
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