“Data show that one of the most effective strategies for economic growth is investing in the developmental growth of at-risk young children.” --Nobel Prize Winning Economist James Heckman
“Investing in early childhood education to increase high school graduation rates would boost Florida’s economy…a 5% increase in male high school graduation rates is estimated to save Florida $332 million…” -- Nobel Prize Winning Economist James Heckman
"The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out" --Bill Gates Sr."
For every $1 invested in high quality early learning programs, society reaps as much as $17 in return (in GDP and savings on incarceration and other public services).
Quality early learning and development programs for disadvantaged children can foster valuable skills, strengthen our workforce, grow our economy and reduce social spending.
Early learning experiences impact children’s brain development, well-being, and academic success.