Impact of North Carolina’s Early Childhood Initiatives on Special Education Placements in Third Grade

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Journal Article

© 2015, © 2015 AERA. This study examines the community-wide effects of investments in two early childhood initiatives in North Carolina (Smart Start and More at Four) on the likelihood of a student being placed into special education. We take advantage of variation across North Carolina counties and years in the timing of the introduction and funding levels of the two programs to identify their effects on third-grade outcomes. We find that both programs significantly reduce the likelihood of special education placement in the third grade, resulting in considerable cost savings to the state. The effects of the two programs differ across categories of disability, but do not vary significantly across subgroups of children identified by race, ethnicity, and maternal education levels.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Muschkin, CG; Ladd, HF; Dodge, KA

Published Date

  • December 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 478 - 500

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1935-1062

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0162-3737

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3102/0162373714559096

Citation Source

  • Scopus