Investing in early childhood education is a solution that creates upward mobility by ensuring all children have the opportunity to build foundations for long-term success in life. Children 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 5 do not end with one child but instead extend to their entire family, now and in the years to come.

Research finds:

  1. The positive effects of early childhood interventions are evident even after participants reach adulthood.
  2. Early childhood education reduced the percentage of children repeating a grade by 15%.
  3. Early childhood education lowered the rate of special education placement by 10%.
  4. Children participating in high-quality early childhood education had increased college graduation rates and increased rates of employment at age 30.
  5. Parents with children participating in high-quality childhood education saw sustained parental wage growth.
  6. High-quality early childhood education participants had higher rates of homeownership.
  7. Participants in high-quality early childhood education also showed long-term health benefits, including reduced rates of depression, smoking and cardiovascular disease.
  8. Better health outcomes resulting from birth to age 5 early childhood education lead to lower rates of chronic disease and lower health care costs, contributing to a 13% return on investment.
  9. Adults who participated in high-quality early childhood education as children had a higher rate of four-year high school graduation, college attendance, associate’s degree or higher college degree attainment and postsecondary degree attainment.