Economic Impact

The more that we invest in pre-K options for families now, the more those children will give back later in life. Children who participate in high-quality pre-K programs are more likely to graduate from high school, continue with higher education and have greater earning power. And they save the state money by reducing the need for expensive remedial programs and for participation in social welfare programs. Children who have experienced high-quality pre-K are also less likely to commit crimes that cause pain to others and land them in the justice system. 

  • Every dollar invested in high-quality early childhood education can generate up to $7.30 in return. (1) 
  • The availability of early childhood education programs attracts homebuyers and increases property values by $13 for every dollar invested in local programs. (2)  
  • Children who participate in high quality early learning programs:
  • Earn higher wages.
  • Commit fewer crimes.
  • Are more likely to graduate high school.
  • Are more likely to get and keep a job. (3) 
  • In fact, one study found that children enrolled in high-quality early learning programs were 46% less likely serve time in jail or prison, 33% less likely to be arrested for violent crimes and 26% less likely to receive government assistance later in life. (4)