Child Care Subsidies and the School Readiness of Children of Immigrants

Anna D. Johnson, Wen Jui Han, Christopher J. Ruhm, Jane Waldfogel

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Abstract

This study is the first to test whether receipt of a federal child care subsidy is associated with children of immigrants' school readiness skills. Using nationally representative data (n ≈ 2,900), this study estimates the associations between subsidy receipt at age 4 and kindergarten cognitive and social outcomes, for children of immigrant versus native-born parents. Among children of immigrants, subsidized center-based care (vs. subsidized and unsubsidized home-based care) was positively linked with reading. Among children of native-born parents, those in subsidized center care displayed poorer math skills than those in unsubsidized centers, and more externalizing problems than those in unsubsidized home-based care. Child Development

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2140-2150
Number of pages11
JournalChild development
Volume85
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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