Promoting integration through child care: Lessons from Norway
Social work, Education
1 Jun 2018
How to secrure the intergation of new immigrants is high on the agenda in most western countries today. Increasing child care enrollment is a promising lead.
The existing evidence suggests that child care is particularly beneficial for children from disadvantaged families. This report summarizes the findings from two different interventions in Oslo that provided free child care for one to two years before children started school. The first intervention was implemented in 1998 and the second in 2006. Children with an immigrant background who received the offer of free child care performed better during their early years of school.
The results suggest that an offer of free child care for four hours a day in combination with active recruitment measures is an effective way of getting children from an immigrant background to enroll in child care centers. Enrollment increased by approximately 15 percent when children became eligible at age 4.
Author: Nina Drange, Senior Researcher, Statistiska Sentralbyrå, Norway.