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Encourage Support Of High-quality Early Childhood Education

Children who attend good early education programs are more likely to stay in school and have strong education outcomes. We must ensure these programs thrive.

The evidence is strong. Pre-school and early education matters, and quality matters. Several studies that have followed kids over multiple years show that children who show up to kindergarten underprepared have a lower rate of success academically.

High-quality early childhood education for kids from low-income families show a 7:1 benefit-to-cost ratio, meaning every dollar invested saves $7 in future costs.

The benefits of early intervention can be tremendous. Studies have shown a return on investment ranging from 3:1 to 17:1. Every dollar spent has a very healthy return. If we want to reduce child poverty and poverty in general, education is the key to breaking the cycle. On average, high-quality early childhood education for kids from low-income families show a 7:1 benefit-to-cost ratio, meaning every dollar invested saves $7 in future costs.


The solution to this problem is complicated, but it starts with funding at the state and national levels for quality early interventions including pre-school, home-based childcare, training parents on providing early education, and in-home visits.


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