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Lifelong Gains

Investing in early childhood education creates upward mobility by providing all children with a solid foundation for long-term success in life. These benefits do not end with one child but extend to their entire families and communities in the years to come. 

Here are five things to know about child care and lifelong gains.

  1. Studies show that access to quality early learning programs can reduce educational and opportunity gaps between children from low and high-income families at kindergarten entry. Kindergarten readiness is a key predictor of a child’s long-term academic success.
  2. Children participating in high-quality early learning programs have higher graduation rates. Attending early learning programs is linked to a 6% increase in high school graduation and a 5.5% increase in attendance at a four-year college. 
  3. Adults who had quality early childhood education as children are more likely to be employed full-time, own a home, and have a savings account.
  4. Adults who participated in high-quality early education programs as children, like Head Start saw long-term health benefits, including reduced rates of depression, alcohol and tobacco use, and cardiovascular disease.
  5. Research shows that Head Start improves the parenting practices of parents while their child is attending the program, as well as their own children decades later. Supportive parental involvement contributes to a child’s long term success in school and life.

Learn more:


Head Start Supports Children and Families, Read the Story of One Family from Washington State

September 5, 2019

As Congress returns from the district work period and continues their efforts to pass legislation to fund the government before the end of September, we know our elected leaders will …


Study Backs Up Research on Success of Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K Program

August 1, 2019

Earlier this week, researchers from Vanderbilt University and the Annenberg Institute at Brown University released a new working paper reaffirming the success of Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K (TN-VPK) program. The researchers …


AAP Report Reinforces Role Pediatricians Can Play in Promoting School Readiness

July 23, 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new report yesterday which highlights the role pediatricians play in supporting healthy development of young children so they are ready to learn …


Another Major Study Debunks Head Start “Fadeout” Myth from Flawed “Impact Study”

June 19, 2019

Since 1965, Head Start has provided comprehensive early learning and development services to more than 35 million children from low-income families. Research shows that participation in Head Start results in …


Research: High-Quality ECE Strengthens Families and Can Break the Cycle of Poverty

May 14, 2019

A new analysis from Nobel laureate economist James Heckman finds that targeted, high-quality early childhood investments have the power to lift multiple generations out of poverty. This research demonstrates the …


FFYF Joins Groups in Calling for Increased Funding for Early Childhood Mental Health

April 16, 2019

FFYF joined with other advocates to call for additional funding for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program. The letter calls on leaders of the Subcommittees on Labor, …


NBC Nightly News: Head Start is a Bipartisan Success Story

April 10, 2019

NBC Nightly News aired a heartwarming segment on the undeniable success of the Head Start program, highlighting how the program is giving children in poverty a chance to develop the …


Strengthening Child Care Tax Incentives to Support Working Families

March 11, 2019

Child care is not a luxury for American families—it’s a necessity. Yet the costs associated with quality child care are rapidly out-pacing most other expenses faced by families, including the …


FFYF Letter to White House Workforce Policy Advisory Board

March 5, 2019

In February of 2019, the White House announced the creation of a Workforce Policy Advisory Board, tasked with advising Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump on …


State of Babies 2019 Yearbook Examines Policies Supporting Infants & Toddlers Nationwide

February 28, 2019

Earlier this week, ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends released a new policy resource that examines policies supporting infants and toddlers nationwide. The resource entitled, The State of Babies Yearbook: …


One Year after MIECHV Reauthorization, Advocates Look to a Bright Future for Successful Home Visiting Services

February 8, 2019

Tomorrow, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program celebrates the first anniversary of its bipartisan reauthorization, which extended the program through Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 at a …


Study Shows Head Start Reduces Likelihood of Adult Poverty

January 2, 2019

A new study from the University of Michigan found that Head Start has positive long-term impacts on both higher education attainment and economic self-sufficiency. Researchers used longitudinal data from children …

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