Early Childhood Education encompasses a range of offerings from 2-hour early childhood family classes for children birth to age 5 and their caregivers to full-day pre-K classes for three-to-five-year-olds. All early childhood classes help prepare children for success in school and in life.
For example, in pre-K, children become familiar with numbers, shapes, letters, and sounds. They also learn social skills, such as how to pay attention, follow directions, solve problems and get along with peers. This prepares them for kindergarten. If a child is ready for kindergarten that child is more likely to stay on track through elementary school and beyond.
One intensive study tracked early childhood education participants for 40 years and found that that as adults they had higher earnings, committed fewer crimes; and were more likely to hold a job.
Analysis by the Federal Reserve found that early childhood education returned $8 for every $1 invested in public returns.
Business leaders all across the county are beginning to champion early childhood education because it is a crucial element in preparing the workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow, keeping the nation’s businesses competitive and strengthening the U.S. economy.