Measuring the quality of early childhood education: Associations with children’s development from a national study with the IMCEIC tool in Colombia

Carolina Maldonado-Carreño, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Eduardo Escallón, Liliana Angélica Ponguta, Ana María Nieto, Sharon Lynn Kagan, Catalina Rey- Guerra, Juan Camilo Cristancho, Angy Mateus, Luz Angela Caro, Carlos Andrés Aragon, Ana María Rodríguez, Andrés Motta

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Abstract

National-level monitoring of quality of early childhood education (ECE) is key to achieving inclusive and equitable education. Most countries report structural quality while process characteristics are rarely observed at the national level. This study examined the associations between ECE and children's development in a middle-income country using data from a nationally representative sample of public centers serving Colombian children (N = 3163; M = 4.3 years, 50% girls; 42% Mestizo, 16% White, 15% Afro-Colombian, 4% Indigenous, 23% not reported). Descriptive findings evidenced low to moderate quality. Multilevel models showed several positive associations between structural and process quality and child outcomes. Results have implications for the existing literature and highlight the feasibility of quality monitoring in low- and middle-income countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalChild development
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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