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Information Kid – Effects of Information Provision and Application Assistance on Childcare Participation and Life Outcomes
Last registered on January 28, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Information Kid – Effects of Information Provision and Application Assistance on Childcare Participation and Life Outcomes
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003181
Initial registration date
July 27, 2018
Last updated
January 28, 2020 2:05 AM EST
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Norwegian School of Economics
PI Affiliation
DIW Berlin
PI Affiliation
KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2018-08-06
End date
2021-10-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In the past two decades, early childcare has become an essential tool to support child development and to increase employment opportunities of parents in many European countries. However, children from disadvantaged families tend to start childcare at later age, although – according to well-identified economic studies – these children would benefit more from enrollment into childcare than their peers from more advan-taged backgrounds. Lack of information about both the availability of childcare facili-ties and financial support for taking up childcare as well as difficulties to navigate through the application process have been put forward as likely explanations for lower childcare usage among disadvantaged families. In this project, we conduct a random-ized controlled trial (RCT) in Germany to investigate how alleviating these barriers affects participation in early childcare (“Krippe”). To this end, we offer a randomly selected group of parents practical and legal childcare-related information as well as assistance in the application process for a childcare slot. We conduct the RCT in two cities with a high share of parents from disadvantaged backgrounds (i.e., parents with migration background or single parents). We also specifically target first-time parents. We aim at answering whether our treatment (1) affects parents’ application intentions and behavior, and (2) increases childcare enrollment. If our treatment increases child-care enrollment, we (3) also plan to investigate the effects of childcare participation on child development and parental labor-market participation. Given our conservative cost calculations, we envisage a sample size of 600 parents with children aged one to two years (at the start of the childcare year). In case the field work is less costly than planned, we will continue sampling up to 800 parents.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Lergetporer, Philipp et al. 2020. "Information Kid – Effects of Information Provision and Application Assistance on Childcare Participation and Life Outcomes." AEA RCT Registry. January 28. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3181-2.1.
Former Citation
Lergetporer, Philipp et al. 2020. "Information Kid – Effects of Information Provision and Application Assistance on Childcare Participation and Life Outcomes." AEA RCT Registry. January 28. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3181/history/61527.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Our RCT investigates the effects of providing parents with childcare-related infor-mation and assistance in the application for a childcare slot on (i) parents’ intentions to apply for a childcare slot and application behavior, (ii) actual enrollment into child-care, and (iii) child development and parental labor-market involvement (provided that childcare enrollment increases).
Intervention Start Date
2018-08-06
Intervention End Date
2019-05-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
1) Parental application intentions and behavior for a childcare slot (e.g., number of applications, number of visits at open house presentations).

2) Childcare take-up.

3) (Contingent on a significant “first stage”): Parental labor-market participation.

4) (Contingent on a significant “first stage”): Child development.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Parent’s beliefs about childcare (availability, costs, eligibility).

Heterogeneity analysis by (i) parental socioeconomic status, (ii) prior childcare enrollment intention, (iii) admission prioritization criteria.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We conduct a randomized field experiment in which participants are randomly as-signed to treatment or control within strata (also see “Intervention”). We plan to sam-ple a minimum of 600 parents (up to a maximum of 800 if permitted by the actual cost of field work; also see “Experiment characteristics”).
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
- Stratified randomization
- Randomization done with computer in office
Randomization Unit
Individual randomization (parent-child pair level)
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
600 parent-child pairs (300 in control group; 300 in treatment group); (maximum: 800, conditional on cost of field work)
Sample size: planned number of observations
600 parents-child pairs (300 in control group; 300 in treatment group); (maximum: 800, conditional on cost of field work)
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
There will two experimental groups:
Control group: 300 individual, independent observations
Treatment group: 300 individual, independent observations
According to our conservative cost calculations, we have sufficient funding for sam-pling 600 parents. In case that the field work is less costly than planned, we envisage to continue sampling up to a maximum number of 800 parents.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Joint Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Goethe University Frankfurt and the Gutenberg School of Management & Economics of the Faculty of Law, Management and Economics of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
IRB Approval Date
2017-09-04
IRB Approval Number
N/A
Analysis Plan

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