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Early-Life Education and Late-Life Health: Exposure to Pre-School 1943-46 and Well-Being After Age 50

Project Summary: 

The investigators are assessing the impact of preschool education on the long-term economic and health outcomes of children who were exposed to Lanham nursery schools. From 1942 through 1946 under the National Defense Housing Act of 1940, popularly known as the Lanham Act, the Federal Works Agency provided funds to local school districts to operate nursery schools. The investigators have identified the places that received Lanham funds for nursery care along with a group of control sites that did not receive the funds. The researchers are following the two groups born 1938-1948 over the entire life course to assess the impact of early-life education. Results from this study will provide more comprehensive measures of the benefits over the entire life course of exposure to early schooling opportunities; and offer guidance to policymakers in allocating resources efficiently across the lives of individuals.

Photo courtesy Kaiser Permanente Heritage Resources: Medical checkup at Kaiser Oregonship child development center, circa 1944. 

Outcomes:

Health: Health through adulthood and later life

Other: test scores and behavioral assessments in high school, income through adulthood, and later life cognitive functioning

Methodology:

The investigators are using an Intent-to-treat analysis to compare the treatment group to the control group. Data is being compiled by identifying individuals in treated and control populations who were also participants in Project Talent, a nationally-representative study that surveyed and tested five percent of the U.S. high school population in 1960. 

Principal Investigators: 

Elizabeth Mokyr Horner, MPP, PhD

Joseph Ferrie, PhD

Grant Start Date: 
June 2018
Award Amount & Duration: 

$249,776 & 36 months