Why investing in early care and education matters

  • 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

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