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Early Childhood Education: Upfront Investment, Lifetime Gain

Early Childhood Education: Upfront Investment, Lifetime Gain

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Table of ConTenTs
Executive Summary                2
Key FindingsRecommendationsThe Research Record                                     5Current Programs and their Financial Status                       9Early Childhood Family EducationHead StartSchool ReadinessOther Programs
Conclusion                                         14
 
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Early Childhood Education: Upfront Investment, Lifetime Gain
Executive Summary
Only in the last 40 years have we begun to understand the importance of early childhoodeducation Research has demonstrated that quality education for children from birth to
kindergarten yields spectacular payos at minimal investments. One study put the rate of
return on early childhood education at as much as $1614 per dollar invested in increasedwages, more taxes paid, greater contribution to the community and less use of welfare,medical programs and the penal system
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Its eectiveness is clear, yet our inability to properly and consistently fund early childhoodeducation does not speak well of Minnesota. There is an array of programs oered in
Minnesota, some run by the state Department of Human Services, some by the stateDepartment of Education Some programs teach parenting skills while teaching childrenhow to read Some ensure vaccinations are available and provide sight and hearing checks
Some try to help low-income moms and dads nd the money to place their children in
daycare so they can earn a livingMoney for programs such as Early Childhood and FamilyEducation has dropped between 2003 and 2007, only now
reaching its 2003 funding level, unadjusted for ination. Aidfor Head Start has dropped an ination-adjusted seven percent
since 2004 and School Readiness aid has dropped by more than
19 percent since 2003, adjusting for ination.The need for early childhood education will grow. As part of a
2008 review of early childhood education in the state, one report found Minnesota children
age ve and younger represent eight percent of the total population. Fieen percent live
in households with incomes at or below the poverty level, which for a family of four is anannual family income of $22,050 or less
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The Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund says more
than 26,000 additional children fell into poverty in the rst part of this decade. The total
number of children in poverty in the next two years could top 200,000
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Children undergo tremendous mental growth and change in the rst years of life.
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Thequality of education a child receives during this time provides a strong indicator of
a person’s future success. If these rst few years of life include support for growth in
cognition, language, motor skills and social-emotional functioning, the child is more likelyto succeed in school and later contribute to society
1 Schweinhart, Lawrence, “How to Take the High/Scope Perry Preschool to Scale,” High/Scope Educational ResearchFoundation For the National Invitational Conference of the Early Childhood Research Collaborative, 2007
2 Chase, Richard A, “Early Care and Education (ECE) Facts,” Wilder Research Center, 2008
3 Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund, “The Building Blocks For Successful Children,” 2009
4 Pathways from Brain Research to Public Policy: Highlights from the National Summit on America’s Children, U.S. Congress,
2008
The quality ofeducation a childreceives during the
rst years of life
provides a strongindicator of their future success.

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