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Many children living in poverty face multiple risk factors that are negatively associated with school readiness and later achievement, including poor access to quality early care and education (ECE). This brief continuing education course, developed using information from Child Trends, summarizes findings from a study that examined availability of early care and education for disadvantaged families. In addition to evaluating how low-income children’s access to ECE may differ from that of their higher-income peers, child care subsidy policies that might help to close the gap were also considered.
1 Examine various dimensions of early care and education access across income levels.
2. Summarize the research questions that guided the study and corresponding key findings.
3. Discuss how decisions about child care are influenced and determined.
4. Evaluate ways that child care subsidies can improve access to high-quality ECE for low-income families
5. Identify study limitations, implications for future research, and policy considerations.
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