University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Child Care Quality: Does It Matter and Does It Need to Be Improved?

This report aims to provide an answer to an important policy question: Is there an economic justification for public intervention to improve the quality of nonparental child care, especially for children from lower-income families? The bulk of the evidence argues that the answer is yes. In this report we adduce evidence from large- and small-scale studies of the effects of child care on children’s development, and set out the economic rationale that emerges from that evidence.


Child Development & Well-Being, Children, Early Childhood Care & Education, Education & Training, Family & Partnering, Low-Wage Work, Parenting