The Scale-Up Effect in Early Childhood & Public Policy

Why Interventions Lose Impact at Scale and What We Can Do About It

Despite a wealth of literature that demonstrates the value of early childhood interventions, the promise of such evidence-based programs has yet to generate significant population-level change for children and caregivers living in poverty.

The Scale-Up Effect in Early Childhood and Public Policy: Why Interventions Lose Impact at Scale and What We Can Do About It is an edited volume that brings together the latest and best research that can help reverse that trend. The volume features in-depth research that examines the science of scaling, the complexity of scaling in the early childhood setting, and promising approaches to overcoming the scale-up effect.

As the critical importance—and relative lack—of high-quality, accessible early childhood education and care programs becomes increasingly recognized, there is more opportunity and more need than ever to scale-up the programs that truly meet families’ needs. This book, edited by TMW Center co-directors John List and Dana Suskind, along with Lauren Supplee, will help equip decision-makers with the tools they need to more effectively address the challenges of scaling and to deliver impact at scale.

Featuring contributions from an esteemed and diverse group of authors, including economists, psychiatrists, physicians, field researchers, and early childhood practitioners, this volume will inform and advance the efforts of those trying to improve outcomes for millions of children around the world.

The Scale-Up Effect in Early Childhood and Public Policy will be published on May 27, 2021. It is available for pre-order via the publisher’s website and Amazon.

You can view the complete Table of Contents and list of contributors below. A policy brief that highlights some of the book’s primary themes and recommendations is also available here.

Table of Contents