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2009 Business Breakfast Slideshow


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2009 Business Breakfast Slideshow

  1. 1. Investing in Early Education
  2. 2. “Early education initiatives are rarely portrayed as economic development initiatives, and that is a mistake.” -Arthur J. Rolnick, Senior VP & Director of Research, Fed Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  3. 3. Economically disadvantaged children enter kindergarten 1-2 years behind in language and other skills important to school success. (Source: Urahn (2001).
  4. 4. “The return on investment from early childhood development is extraordinary, resulting in better working public schools, more educated workers and less crime.” -Arthur J. Rolnick, Senior VP & Director of Research, Fed Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  5. 5. Quality Early Care Increases: Success in School Graduation Rates Workforce Readiness Job Productivity (Source: BornLearning).
  6. 6. Quality Early Learning Reduces: Crime Rates Job Training Costs Teen Pregnancy Special Education Costs Welfare Dependency Grade Repetition (Source: BornLearning).
  7. 7. Policies that seek to remedy deficits incurred in the early years are much more costly than initial investments in the early years. -Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman
  8. 8. Quality Care Matters Since 2000 the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona has: Increased the number of nationally accredited child care centers from 4 to 57 and the number of low-income children served in high-quality programs by over 2,600%.
  9. 9. Health Matters And last year through United Way: 494 children received fluoride varnish to prevent tooth decay. 20 centers established tooth brushing programs. 46 centers provided direct services to children including nutrition education, health screenings, and CPR/First Aid.
  10. 10. Parental Support Matters Also last year: 677 families learned new parenting skills. 1,033 women received care/support for a healthy pregnancy and learned about nurturing babies. 40,744 families received age- appropriate books and early literacy tips from their medical clinics (compared to zero in 2000).
  11. 11. Investing in children brings a higher rate of return than investing in low-skill adults. -Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman
  12. 12. Every dollar invested in early education brings a return of between $4 and $17. (Source: Kirp, The Sandbox Investment)
  13. 13. Thank You!