Preschool attendance and child health: Evidence from state-funded Pre-K programs

Project Summary:

This project seeks to contribute to the literature on the impact of large-scale, publicly-funded preschool education programs on a variety of health and developmental outcomes for children ages 4 to 12. While numerous studies exist on the effects of attending Head Start, there is a dearth of research on state pre-K programs even though they are currently the largest provider of preschool education in the United States. State-funded pre-K programs have been expanding since the 1990s and the calls for universal pre-K continue. This project promises to add useful data to those discussions.


Mariana Zerpa is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include labor economics, public economics, and development economics. She has worked at the Uruguayan Office of Planning and Budget and has interned at the UN Development Programme in Uruguay. She received a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad de la Rep├║blica in Uruguay.