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"The Effects of Accountability Incentives in Early-Childhood Education"

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Child-care centers in North Carolina improved and parents sought out higher-rated centers, according to a new paper on the state's quality-rating and improvement system.

The working paper, released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, showed that North Carolina centers on the cusp of earning a higher rating tended to make the changes necessary to get that designation. Lower-rated programs saw enrollment drops.

The effects were concentrated in the parts of the state where many early-childhood programs compete for students. In other areas with fewer providers, receiving a low rating didn't have much of an effect on a child-care program.

Vol. 37, Issue 07, Page 5

Published in Print: October 4, 2017, as Early Education
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