- The first five years of life lay the foundation for all future learning.
- More than 40 years of early education research show that high quality child care programs positively impact young children.
- At least half of the education achievement gaps between poor and non-poor children already exist at kindergarten entry. The larger the gap at school entry, the harder it is to close.
- Each year, tens of thousands of North Carolina children from K-3rd grade are “held back” and do not advance to the next grade. Worse yet, they will fall far short of what the job market will demand at a time when the economy places a premium on high skills and the ability to adapt to new technologies.
- Investing early offers the biggest return on investment as illustrated in this Heckman Equation Graph