Ensuring integration of new immigrants is high on the agenda in most Western countries today. Increasing childcare enrolment is a promising lead. The existing evidence suggests that childcare is particularly beneficial for children from disadvantaged families. This report summarizes the findings from two different programmes in Oslo that provided free childcare for one to two years before children started school. The first programme was implemented in 1998 and the second in 2006. Children with an immigrant background who received the offer of free childcare performed better during their early years of school.
Nina Drange, Senior Researcher, Statistiska Sentralbyrå Norge