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ERIC Number: EJ867748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Maternal Education, Early Child Care and the Reproduction of Advantage
Augustine, Jennifer March; Cavanagh, Shannon E.; Crosnoe, Robert
Social Forces, v88 n1 p1-30 Sep 2009
The social and human capital that educational attainment provides women enables them to better navigate their children's passages through school. In this study, we examine a key mechanism in this intergenerational process: mothers' selection of early child care. Analyses of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development revealed that maternal education was positively associated with configurations of child-care characteristics (i.e., type, quality, quantity) most closely linked to children's school readiness. This association was not solely a function of mother's income or employment status, persisted despite controls for many observable confounds (e.g., maternal cognitive and psychological skills, paternal characteristics), and, according to post-hoc indices, was fairly robust in terms of unobservable confounds. (Contains 1 figure, 6 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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