Increasing choice or inequality? Pathways through early education in Andhra Pradesh, India

This paper explores recent trends for children growing up in the State of Andhra Pradesh, one of India’s most populous states – approximately 76,000,000 according to the 2001 Census of India (Government of India 2001). The particular focus is on experiences of pre-school and transitions to primary school. The paper is based on analysis of Young Lives survey data collected for a sample of 1950 young children born in 2001, and drawn from 20 sites across Andhra Pradesh, plus two rounds of in-depth qualitative research carried out with a sub-sample of 24 children in four Young Lives sites.

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