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The Impact of Providing Free Access to Child Care on Household and Child Outcomes
Last registered on August 13, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The Impact of Providing Free Access to Child Care on Household and Child Outcomes
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004536
Initial registration date
August 12, 2019
Last updated
August 13, 2019 5:13 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University College London
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2007-12-01
End date
2021-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We study the medium term impacts of free access to day care on home resources, home environments, and child development. Applicants to public day care in Rio de Janeiro in 2008 were allocated to slots in public day care centers through a lottery. The lottery was binding when there was excess demand for slots in a particular age group - day care center combination. Data is collected in 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2017 on the labor supply and income of different household members, household expenditures, home environments, children's cognitive and non-cognitive skills, children's anthropometrics, and children's preferences.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Carneiro, Pedro. 2019. "The Impact of Providing Free Access to Child Care on Household and Child Outcomes." AEA RCT Registry. August 13. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4536-1.0.
Former Citation
Carneiro, Pedro. 2019. "The Impact of Providing Free Access to Child Care on Household and Child Outcomes." AEA RCT Registry. August 13. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4536/history/51680.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The program provides free full day day care to children ages 0-3 who have gained access to a day care slot through the lottery.
Intervention Start Date
2007-12-01
Intervention End Date
2011-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Employment outcomes of household members, home resources, home environments, child health, child anthropometrics, child developments, child school outcomes, child preferences, maternal depression
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Families interested in benefiting from free day care register their children in the appropriate age group in the day care center they are interested in. If the demand of day care slots in each particular age group - day care combination exceeds the supply, the slots are allocated using a lottery.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
randomization done in computer
Randomization Unit
Child
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
approximately 10000 children
Sample size: planned number of observations
approximately 4000 children in the household surveys, approximately 10000 children in the administrative data
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
approximately 4000 children in the household surveys, approximately 10000 children in the administrative data
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Secretaria Municipal de Educacao do Rio de Janeiro
IRB Approval Date
2011-10-01
IRB Approval Number
N/A