Parents’ attitudes and unequal opportunities in early childhood development: Evidence from Eastern India

Faculty/Professorship: Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) 
Author(s): Ghosh, Saikat ; Steinberg, Hannah
Title of the Journal: Journal of Early Childhood Research
ISSN: 1741-2927, 1476-718X
Publisher Information: London [u.a.] : Sage
Year of publication: 2022
Volume: 20
Issue: 3
Pages: 413-430
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1177/1476718X221077170
Early childhood development is considered a crucial component for sustainable development, and parents’ roles in this regard is unambiguously acknowledged. However, the evidence is sparsely available from developing countries like India on how parents can influence access to the early childhood development program. This study, based on an empirical footing, investigates whether parental attitude may lead to unequal opportunities in children’s access to preschools in India. The study portrays that the negative or indifferent attitude of parents predicts significantly lower access to preschools. Also, parents’ education can be held responsible for the variation in parents’ attitudes toward early education and care. A two-prong policy measure is thus suggested by educating parents on one hand and involving them in the implementation process of childhood development programs on the other.
GND Keywords: Kleinkinderziehung; Elternverhalten; Indien
Keywords: parent’s attitudes, early childhood, development, access, inequality, India
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CX 6000   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 30. September 2022