Narrowing the Achievement Gap
High-quality early childhood education is a critical component of K-12 success, and research shows it can help close the achievement gap. By increasing access to high quality early childhood development supports, we have the opportunity to ensure children are ready to learn and succeed in school, compete in the global economy and contribute to thriving communities. Disadvantaged children, who are more likely to start school behind and stay behind, are also the least likely to attend high-quality preschool programs, according to research by the RAND Corporation.
As the graph below shows, children from low income families know fewer than 1/3 as many words at age four than wealthier children.
The Economic Case for Investing in Our Future Workforce
Early childhood education is a proven long-term investment that stimulates economic growth and ensures future prosperity. Right now, every dollar put toward early childhood education is both an educational and economic stimulus for American families – creating jobs and enabling parents to earn while their children learn. Economists have found that high-quality early childhood education offers one of the highest returns of any public investment – more than $7 for every dollar spent.
The good news is that we know how to dramatically boost our children’s chances for success. Neuroscientists have found early experiences – particularly from birth to age five – shape whether their brains develop a strong foundation for the learning and behavior that follow.
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