Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NBER study suggesting that Quebec's universal child care hurt child outcomes

We may want universal childcare but the best research says that it is bad for kids.

via The College Fix

A new study via the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) concludes that universal pre-school/child care is not the panacea many have claimed it to be. 
Looking at the effects of universal child care in Quebec, the researchers determined that the negative non-cognitive effects resulting from the program outweigh any cognitive gains … and perhaps more alarmingly, they linger into older (school) ages. 
The paper, titled “Non-cognitive Deficits and Young Adult Outcomes: The Long Run Impacts of a Universal Child Care Program,” was presented by the University of Toronto’s Michael Baker, the University of British Columbia’s Kevin Milligan, and MIT’s own … Jonathan Gruber. 
That’s right — the “Architect of Obamacare” himself.

Read the full article HERE.

Note: Kevin Milligan responds to critics of his Quebec childcare paper: Want to help kids? Build skills instead of pointing fingers: