What’s the ROI on Early Childhood Education?

child_learn“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” ~ Nelson Mandela.

Did you know that at risk children who don’t receive a quality early education are:

  • 25% more likely to drop out of school
  • 40% more likely to become a teen parent
  • 50% more likely to be placed in special education
  • 60% less likely to go to college
  • 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime

So what are we doing about this?  Municipalities are increasingly seizing the momentum on early education.  In many cases, cities around the country are offering programs that are available to more students than state funding would allow.

The latest initiative is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to create a universal preschool program for the city’s four-year-olds through a tax on the city’s highest earners.  The next step would be whether Albany lawmakers grant the Mayor the authority to increase taxes on the approximately 40,000 city residents who earn more than $500,000 a year.

Early-EdCertainly most cities would not have the tax base to allow this; however, research has demonstrated that quality early learning programs have positive effects that extend beyond the first years of school, well into adulthood, and benefit society as a whole.  For every $1 spent on early childhood programs for at risk children, society sees a savings of $7.

I encourage each of you to contact your legislators and tell them about the importance of early childhood education programs to our community, state and society.   It’s not too late to start paying it forward for the young children in our communities.   Below are some additional links on how communities and businesses are advocating for early education programming.

PNC Grow Up Great
Sesame Street
HighScope Perry Preschool

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5 Responses to What’s the ROI on Early Childhood Education?

  1. Mr. Miller says:

    Ha! This is great. I used to work for the Ounce of Prevention Fund (I designed and developed their current website) so those figured jumped right out to me.

    Early Childhood Education is so important. A/the problem is that people and politicians alike want to see quick and immediate returns on their investments. People can’t wrap their heads around spending, say, $1 billion dollars NOW in order to save $7 billion in 15 years.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think that because we rely of computers to occupy our child who have ASD to keep them calm. It’s just become too easy and now they are just siting around gaining weight. We need to take them out doing physical activities.

    • I agree that physical exercise is critical. It can be easier and less challenging to have your child on a computer , but the value of exercise in improving sleep cannot be overlooked.

    • Mr. Miller says:

      Actually – it’s been shown that technology is a great way to connect and teach kids with ASD. I know the iPad has worked wonders for my son. Yet the wife and I are pretty strict about how often he gets to use the iPad or our phone or TV (and we certainly monitor the content).

      As for gaining weight – I wish. The kid’s skinny as a rail and doesn’t eat nearly as much or as often as he should (a common trait from my understanding). But I certainly get what you’re saying: all too often parents of ALL kids allow computers/video games to raise their children.

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