This chapter contributes to research on the impact of centre-based care on child outcomes by comparing cognitive competencies of preschoolers in East and West Germany. While previous research was discussing differences in childcare arrangements across East and West Germany in terms of fertility, potential consequences for children’s development were largely ignored. Exploiting data from the German National Educational Panel Study, I am analysing (1) enrolment to centre-based child care and (2) its consequences for cognitive abilities of preschoolers at around age five in East and West Germany. The expectation that higher provision of centre-based child care in East Germany may give East German children a lead in early abilities found limited support. While previous assessments in school age consistently documented achievement gaps between East and West German children, my study provides hints that one cause may be the systematically earlier entrance to institutional care in East Germany. I conclude with several implications for further research and policy makers.
Nevena Kulic, Jan Skopek, Moris Triventi and Hans-Peter Blossfeld
Jan Skopek, Nevena Kulic, Moris Triventi and Hans-Peter Blossfeld
An International Perspective
Edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Nevena Kulic, Jan Skopek and Moris Triventi
Recognising that social change over recent decades has strengthened the need for early childhood education and care, this book seeks to answer what role this plays in creating and compensating for social inequalities in educational attainment.
Sandra Buchholz, Jan Skopek and Hans-Peter Blossfeld
An International Comparison of School-to-Work Transitions
Edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Jan Skopek, Moris Triventi and Sandra Buchholz
For much of the twentieth century, women lagged considerably behind men in their educational attainment. However, in recent decades, young women have become an important source of human capital for labor markets in modern societies, as well as potential competitors to the male workforce. This book asks whether or not women have been able to convert their educational success into gains on the labor market