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date: 22 February 2020

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Recent research suggests both that more children are experiencing early care and education (ECE) than ever before, and also that participation in ECE programs may be especially important for the development of low-income children. In this chapter, we discuss the potential of ECE programs to enhance developmental outcomes for low-income children. Specifically, we review issues of access to ECE for low-income families, including who uses ECE and what publicly funded ECE options exist. We discuss definitions and measurement of quality in ECE, as well as evidence for the effects of early intervention and ECE on children. The chapter concludes with suggestions for next steps for research.

Keywords: child care, early education, early intervention, low-income, quality

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