Campaign issue: early childhood education

Some of this year's presidential candidates expressed support for increased investment in early childhood programs as a means for giving all children, despite their economic conditions, the tools needed to succeed academically and economically. In a broader sense, such investment is seen as a tool for reducing income inequality. This may be true, and research by Upjohn Institute economists, including Timothy J. Bartik, also shows that investment in high quality early childhood programs (both childcare and pre-K) provides substantial returns on investment to the communities offering those programs.

To learn more read From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education, by Timothy J. Bartik (a free download).

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