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ERIC Number: ED574316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 52
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-2042-2695
Universal Pre-School Education: The Case of Public Funding with Private Provision. CEP Discussion Paper No. 1352
Blanden, Joanne; Del Bono, Emilia; McNally, Sandra; Rabe, Birgitta
Centre for Economic Performance
This paper studies the effect of free pre-school education on child outcomes in primary school. We exploit the staggered implementation of free part-time pre-school for three-year-olds across Local Education Authorities in England in the early 2000s. The policy led to small improvements in attainment at age five, with no apparent benefits by age 11. We argue that this is because the expansion of free places largely crowded out privately paid care, with small changes in total participation, and was achieved through an increase in private provision, where quality is lower on average than in the public sector. [This paper was produced as part of the Centre for Economic Performance's Education and Skills Programme.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council (England); Nuffield Foundation (England)
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (England), Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)