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Kaitlyn Chiazza

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Dr. Sarah Estelle

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A large amount of research relates a mother’s education and child academic achievement, but little has focused on the timing of a mother’s college enrollment. Previous research (Estelle 2011) finds significant gains in children’s reading scores when a mother is enrolled in college during the child’s kindergarten year. The cause of those gains are unknown. This collaborative economic research project focuses on father involvement to determine if the presence of a father figure in the household affects child academic achievement. If so, and if father involvement also increases during a mother’s enrollment, we would consider fathers to be an important mechanism of the maternal enrollment benefit for children.