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ERIC Number: EJ759354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
The Impact of Kindergarten Entrance Age Policies on the Childcare Needs of Families
Datar, Ashlesha
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v25 n1 p129-153 Win 2006
The past two decades have seen a rising trend in the minimum entrance age for kindergarten in the U.S. A little-noticed, but potentially large, consequence of raising the minimum entrance age is that it imposes additional childcare costs for families whose children are forced to stay out of school for an additional year. This paper develops a model for parents' kindergarten entrance age decisions and examines the relationship between socio-economic factors and parents' desired entrance age for their child using a nationally representative dataset on kindergartners in the U.S. The estimates from this model are used to simulate the impact of alternate changes in kindergarten entrance age policies on the number and characteristics of children affected by the policy change, and to estimate the additional childcare cost burden from the policy change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States