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Starting ahead is better than catching up.
Jun 16, 2016

Children who receive quality early childhood education start ahead—and are more likely to experience long-term success. Kids who don’t have it spend more effort catching up.

The vast body of research shows that high quality early childhood education has lasting effects for disadvantaged children. Children gain social-emotional and cognitive skills through high quality early childhood education that set them up for success in school and life.

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Investing in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children from birth through age 5 will help prevent achievement deficits and produce better education, health, social and economic outcomes. Such investments will reduce the need for costly remediation and social spending while increasing the value, productivity and earning potential of individuals. In fact, every dollar invested in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children produces a 7 percent to 10 percent return, per child, per year.
- Professor James Heckman
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