Research Report Early Care and Education for Children in Low-Income Families
Patterns of Use, Quality, and Potential Policy Implications
Gina Adams, Martha Zaslow, Kathryn Tout
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Use of early care and education (ECE) is a reality for many families with young children. Research shows the importance of the early years for childrens development, and suggests that high-quality ECE can be particularly important for children from low-income families. In addition, the U.S. invests billions to support ECE. This paper assesses the patterns of ECE utilization by low-income families, the implications for children's development of the extent and quality of ECE participation, the evidence on the quality of ECE that low-income children receive, and the policy context that shapes ECE. It concludes by laying out key policy considerations.
Research Areas Children and youth
Tags Child care Head Start and elementary education