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Impacts of Pre-Primary Education in Rural India
Last registered on April 16, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Impacts of Pre-Primary Education in Rural India
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001078
Initial registration date
May 01, 2016
Last updated
April 16, 2019 6:37 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Northwestern University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Chicago
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2016-05-09
End date
2020-04-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study examines the impact of attending two years of kindergarten on child development and primary-school performance. We offer scholarships to attend a Hippocampus Learning Centre private kindergarten to random subset of low-socioeconomic-status children and measure outcomes at baseline, after two years, and after three years.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Dean, Joshua and Seema Jayachandran. 2019. "Impacts of Pre-Primary Education in Rural India." AEA RCT Registry. April 16. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1078-4.0.
Former Citation
Dean, Joshua and Seema Jayachandran. 2019. "Impacts of Pre-Primary Education in Rural India." AEA RCT Registry. April 16. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1078/history/44978.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The intervention is a scholarship program that pays for the majority of a child's schools fees and materials for two years of kindergarten (lower kindergarten and upper kindergarten) at the local Hippocampus Learning Centres pre-primary school.
Intervention Start Date
2016-05-09
Intervention End Date
2018-04-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Primary outcome: Child development as measured via tests administered to children
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
We are administering subtests of several standard child cognitive and non-cognitive tests. Our main outcome will be the simple average of z-scores for the 19 subtests. The z-scores will be constructed by normalizing the control group score for each subtest to have a mean of 0 and standard deviation of 1.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
In each of about 60 villages, children whose families are below a financial-need threshold will be eligible for a two-year scholarship to attend two years of kindergarten at the village Hippocampus Learning Centre. We will randomly give scholarships to half of the eligible students. The scholarship lottery generates randomized variation in attending Hippocampus Learning Centres, and also any kindergarten at all.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer, stratified by Hippocampus centre (i.e., village)
Randomization Unit
Student
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
about 800 students
Sample size: planned number of observations
about 800 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
400 students in control group, 400 students offered scholarship (treatment group)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Northwestern University
IRB Approval Date
2015-10-08
IRB Approval Number
STU00201698
IRB Name
Institute for Financial Management and Research
IRB Approval Date
2015-10-14
IRB Approval Number
n/a
IRB Name
MIT
IRB Approval Date
2015-10-20
IRB Approval Number
IAA to cede to Northwestern
Analysis Plan

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