Spring 2023  |  PA 5415 Section 001: Effective Policies for Children in the First Decade (57625)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1.5 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Grad or Masters or Law
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
 
03/14/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 20
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Policies to improve the wellbeing of children through the first decade of life are examined using examples from economics and other disciplines. The course focuses on the role of government in helping to promote early childhood development. Readings and projects focus on policies or programs that affect child outcomes from the prenatal period to third grade. Students will become familiar with the importance of rigorous impact evaluations and the use of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis as a tool for efficient resource allocation. Some familiarity with regression analysis would be helpful.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?jtemple+PA5415+Spring2023
Class Description:
Description:

Early childhood development
(ECS) is examined through the first decade of life from an economic perspective. Course focuses on the role of government policies in helping to promote ECD for purposes of social welfare and economic growth. Readings focus on education and health policies or programs that affect child outcomes from the prenatal period to third grade. Students will become familiar with the importance of rigorous impact evaluations and the use of cost-benefit analysis as a tool for efficient resource allocation to promote child wellbeing.

Examples of topics included in the first decade of life:

Cost-effectiveness of nurse home visiting programs and doulas

Long-term consequences of being in utero during a pandemic - evidence from 1918

Universal versus targeted preschool programs - short and long-term effects

Academic red-shirting in kindergarten

Elementary school topics including teachers, charter schools, and small class sizes

Required readings:

Reynolds, Rolnick, Englund and Temple, eds. (2010) Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life: A Human Capital Integration. Cambridge University Press.

Additional assigned and optional articles and reports on topics of recent interest.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate students and advanced undergraduates with permission. Students from any department are welcome. There is no prereq.
Grading:
One exam, a short paper (perhaps 7-8 pages) on a topic of the student's choosing, and multiple smaller assignments.

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/57625/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 December 2020

ClassInfo Links - Spring 2023 Public Affairs Classes Taught by Judy Temple

To link directly to this ClassInfo page from your website or to save it as a bookmark, use:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?subject=PA&catalog_nbr=5415&x500=jtemple&term=1233
To see a URL-only list for use in the Faculty Center URL fields, use:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?subject=PA&catalog_nbr=5415&x500=jtemple&term=1233&url=1
To see this page output as XML, use:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?subject=PA&catalog_nbr=5415&x500=jtemple&term=1233&xml=1
To see this page output as JSON, use:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?subject=PA&catalog_nbr=5415&x500=jtemple&term=1233&json=1
To see this page output as CSV, use:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?subject=PA&catalog_nbr=5415&x500=jtemple&term=1233&csv=1
Schedule Viewer
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
7 pm
8 pm
9 pm
10 pm
s
m
t
w
t
f
s
?
Class Title