Year

2014

Series

Policy Paper No. 2014-017

DOI

10.17848/pol2015-017

Abstract

Substantial research shows that high-quality early childhood education programs have a large economic payoff. This payoff is increased earnings for former child participants, increased earnings for parents, and increased earnings for all workers when average worker skills improve. A program package of universal pre-K, combined with child care and parenting support for all low-income families, would cost $80 billion annually. But each dollar invested in this package would yield future economic benefits of over 10 times as great.

Issue Date

September 2014

Subject Areas

EDUCATION; Early childhood; Preschool and early education

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Citation

Bartik, Timothy J. 2014. "Preschool and Prosperity." Policy Paper No. 2014-017. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. https://doi.org/10.17848/pol2015-017