Full-Day Kindergarten: Effects on Maternal Labor Supply

Elizabeth Dhuey, Jessie Lamontagne, Tingting Zhang

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We examine the effects of offering full-day kindergarten as a replacement for half-day kindergarten on mothers’ labor supply using the rollout of full-day kindergarten in Ontario, Canada. We find no effect on the extensive margin but found an effect on the intensive margin. In particular, we find that access to full-day kindergarten increases weekly hours worked and decreases absenteeism among mothers with kindergarten-aged children. This effect is driven by specific subgroups, namely, nonimmigrant mothers with low education levels who live in urban areas and have only one child.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-557
Number of pages25
JournalEducation Finance and Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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