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What is “high-quality” early care and education?

Jane Waldfogel suggested the provision of “high-quality preschool” as one component of a strategy to reduce the intergenerational transmission of poverty; however, what constitutes “high quality” with regard to early care and education is not clear-cut. In this article, I offer some ways to consider this very challenging question by describing a study that looked at whether common indicators of preschool quality are related to child outcomes.


Early Childhood Care & Education, Education & Training, Inequality & Mobility, Intergenerational Poverty


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