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Childcare Attendance and Academic Achievement at Age 16 Years

Childcare Attendance and Academic Achievement at Age 16 Years Key PointsQuestionWhat is the benefit-cost ratio of investing in childcare services regarding productivity returns of academic achievement at the end of compulsory schooling? FindingsIn this cohort study including 8936 children, childcare attendance was associated with higher academic achievement at the end of compulsory schooling only for children of mothers with lower education. The benefit-cost ratio for each £1 (US $1.40) invested in full-time childcare attendance for children of mothers with low education was £1.71 (US $2.39) for those who achieved a Level 2 General Certificate of Secondary Education qualification. MeaningThese results suggest that subsidizing childcare attendance for children of mothers with low education would yield economic benefits in the long run. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Childcare Attendance and Academic Achievement at Age 16 Years

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2021 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6203
eISSN
2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.1192
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Abstract

Key PointsQuestionWhat is the benefit-cost ratio of investing in childcare services regarding productivity returns of academic achievement at the end of compulsory schooling? FindingsIn this cohort study including 8936 children, childcare attendance was associated with higher academic achievement at the end of compulsory schooling only for children of mothers with lower education. The benefit-cost ratio for each £1 (US $1.40) invested in full-time childcare attendance for children of mothers with low education was £1.71 (US $2.39) for those who achieved a Level 2 General Certificate of Secondary Education qualification. MeaningThese results suggest that subsidizing childcare attendance for children of mothers with low education would yield economic benefits in the long run.

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 7, 2021

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