- Deborah Lowe Vandell; and Barbara Wolfe
- November 2000
- Link to sr78 (PDF)
- Link to sr78execsumm (PDF)
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.