ERIC Number: ED438093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Benefits of Early Child Development Programs: An Economic Analysis.
van der Gaag, Jacques; Tan, Jee-Peng
This paper provides a framework for estimating the economic benefits of early child development (ECD) programs and applies the framework to preliminary data from the Bolivian ECD program (known as the PIDI Project). The evaluation quantifies the benefits of increased lifetime productivity as a result of ECD enrollment. The evaluation also takes into account benefits of ECD programs that are not education related, such as direct benefits to the child (e.g., meals provided) and indirect benefits to society (e.g., greater community participation). The Bolivian PIDI program evaluated consists of nonformal home-based day-care centers where children receive nutrition, health, and cognitive development services. Each center serves 15 children, ranging from 6 months to 6 years of age, from impoverished households. Centers are staffed with 1 mother/caretaker assisted by 1 or 2 helpers, depending on the number of children under age 2. Recurrent costs could amount to between $50 million and $100 million annually, nearly a third of the government budget for education. Based on those benefits that are quantifiable, the evaluation of the Bolivian PIDI program indicates that those ECD programs that are well targeted and have a major impact on school enrollment and achievement are excellent economic investments. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Bolivia