ERIC Number: EJ855320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
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Does Higher Quality Early Child Care Promote Low-Income Children's Math and Reading Achievement in Middle Childhood?
Dearing, Eric; McCartney, Kathleen; Taylor, Beck A.
Child Development, v80 n5 p1329-1349 Sep-Oct 2009
Higher quality child care during infancy and early childhood (6-54 months of age) was examined as a moderator of associations between family economic status and children's (N = 1,364) math and reading achievement in middle childhood (4.5-11 years of age). Low income was less strongly predictive of underachievement for children who had been in higher quality care than for those who had not. Consistent with a cognitive advantage hypothesis, higher quality care appeared to promote achievement indirectly via early school readiness skills. Family characteristics associated with selection into child care also appeared to promote the achievement of low-income children, but the moderating effect of higher quality care per se remained evident when controlling for selection using covariates and propensity scores.
Descriptors: Reading Readiness, Economic Status, Low Income, Reading Achievement, Family Characteristics, Child Care, Educational Quality, Mathematics Achievement, Prediction, Underachievement, Scores
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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