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Education Policy in Developing Countries$
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Paul Glewwe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226078687

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226078854.001.0001

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Preschool Programs in Developing Countries

Preschool Programs in Developing Countries

(p.65) 3 Preschool Programs in Developing Countries
Education Policy in Developing Countries

Jere R. Behrman

Patrice Engle

Lia Fernald

University of Chicago Press

Many studies conclude that early childhood development (ECD) investments have high returns in developing and developed countries. ECD investments promote health and nutrition, provide learning opportunities, and protect from risks such as violence or abandonment. Yet some observers claim that ECD investments in developing countries are too low. This chapter reviews what is known about one type of ECD investment, preschools for children 3-5 years. “Preschools” refers to any organized early learning group that meets regularly for at least 2 hours per week. Preschool enrollments have increased substantially in developing countries over the past several decades, yet little is known about the economic justification for preschool or other ECD programs in those countries. This chapter summarizes what is known about preschool program impacts and discusses the resource costs of preschools. Finally, it summarizes the knowledge gaps and proposes how to better evaluate what works best for developing country preschool programs.

Keywords:   Education, developing countries, early childhood development, preschools, early childhood investments

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