Research that tracks participants in early childhood programs has shown that high quality improves a raft of outcomes, both in children’s formal education and beyond. Good quality early childhood education improves children’s average test scores and high school graduation rates. It lowers their need for special education and reduces the risk of experiencing child abuse. And when they become adults, the average results include more steady and better-paying employment. Wow!
Lee, S., Drake E., Pennucci, A., Bjornstad, G. & Edovald, T. (2012). Economic evaluation of early childhood education. Journal of Children's Services, 7(1), 53-63.
Early Childhood Investment = Money Well Spent