Kathleen McCartney: Why Care About Child Care?

WED, FEB 20, 2002 (1:02:55)

Kathleen McCartney explains how tests of child care policy provide convincing evidence about how child care assistance affects patterns of child care use. Kathleen McCartney, one of the principal investigators of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Study of Child Care and Youth Development, shares the study’s conclusions about early childhood development. Child care policies have been a relatively understudied element of experimental welfare and employment studies. Yet, the tests of child care policy provide a source of convincing evidence about whether or not, and how, child care assistance, for paid or regulated care, can affect patterns of child care use, including subsidy use and reported problems with child care.

+ BIO: Kathleen McCartney

Kathleen McCartney is the Dean of the Faculty of Education and the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development. She is a developmental psychologist whose research informs theoretical questions on early experience as well as policy questions on child care, early childhood education, and poverty. Since 1989, McCartney has served as a principal investigator on the National Institute of Child Heath and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care & Youth Development, the findings from which were published by Guilford in 2005 book, Child Care and Child Development. McCartney is a co-editor of The Handbook of Early Child Development, published by Blackwell in 2006 as well as Best Practices in Quantitative Methods for Developmentalists, published by the Society for Research in Child Development in 2006. McCartney’s work has been informed by her experience as the director of the University of New Hampshire Child Study & Development Center, a laboratory school for children from birth through kindergarten. Kathleen McCartney has been named a Fellow by the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Educational Research Association.

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