Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223267
Authors: 
Andrew, Alison
Attanasio, Orazio P.
Bernal, Raquel
Cardona Sosa, Lina
Krutikova, Sonya
Rubio-Codina, Marta
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IFS Working Papers No. W19/23
Abstract: 
Global access to preschool has increased dramatically yet preschool quality is often poor. We use a randomized controlled trial to evaluate two approaches to improving the quality of Colombian preschools. We find that the first, which was rolled out nationwide and provides additional resources for materials and new staff, did not benefit children's development and, unintentionally, led teachers to reduce their involvement in classroom activities. The second approach additionally trains teachers to improve their pedagogical methods. We find this addition offset the negative effects on teacher behavior, improved the quality of teaching and raised children's cognition, language and school readiness.
Subjects: 
early childhood development
preschool quality
childcare quality
JEL: 
J13
I10
I20
H43
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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