Every dollar invested in quality early childhood education produces a 7-10% per annum return in better education, health, social and economic outcomes. – James Heckman, Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago Economics Professor
Evidence Proving Educare’s Impact
Educare Arizona brings a proven national program model to our state that has demonstrated success. Independent research by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill finds that children who start Educare between birth and age two exceed national averages on measures of school readiness.
Adults who participated as young children in high quality preschool programs such as Educare show increased productivity, higher income, better health, more family investment, upward mobility, and reduced social costs.
Reasons to Invest in Early Childhood Education
We have the power to change a trajectory that limits the potential of too many children and young people. Investing in early childhood education can make the difference, not only for individual children and their families, but for society as a whole.
Abundant research clearly demonstrates that children who are stimulated and nurtured during the first critical years of life are:
- less likely to require remedial or special education,
- less likely to become involved with criminal activities,
- more likely to read at grade level,
- more likely to graduate from high school, and
- more likely to earn a good living for themselves and their own families.
Without a high-quality early education, underserved children who are most at risk for academic failure are also:
- 50% more likely to be placed in special education,
- 25% more likely to drop out of school,
- 40% more likely to become a teen parent, and
- 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
Reduce Spending and Gain a Remarkable 10% ROI
Public and private investments in quality early childhood programs like Educare reduce the need for future expenditures on special education placements, public assistance, workforce training, and law enforcement programs.
Clearly, investing in young children can make a long term difference for securing the future health and success of individual children, their families, and our society.