Lifelong Gains

Investing in early childhood is a solution that creates upward mobility through opportunity. Children from low-income families who receive a high-quality early childhood education are proven to be more likely to earn higher wages, live healthier lives, avoid incarceration, raise stronger families, and contribute to society. The benefits of high-quality programs from birth through age five do not end with one child but extend to their entire family, now and in the years to come. Research finds:

  • The positive effects of early childhood interventions are evident even 30 years in the future. [1]
  • Early childhood education reduced the percentage of children repeating a grade by 15%. [2]
  • Early childhood education lowered the rate of special education placement by 10%. [2]
  • Children participating in high-quality early childhood education had increased college graduation rates and increased rates of employment at age 30. [3]
  • Parents with children participating in high-quality childhood education saw sustained parental wage growth. [4]
  • High-quality early childhood education participants had higher rates of home ownership. [5]
  • Participants in high-quality early childhood education also showed long-term health benefits, including reduced depression, rates of smoking, and rates of substance abuse. [2]
  • Better health outcomes resulting from birth to age five early childhood education lead to lower rates of chronic disease and lower health care costs, contributing to a 13% return on investment. [6]