A statewide advocacy movement created by business, civic, and philanthropic leaders working to address the urgent need for increased public investment in early education for Virginia’s children, birth to age five.
To make public investment for early education a statewide priority.
- Educate about the problem and solution.
- Advocate to secure greater public investment.
- Partner with business and private investors.
Decades of brain research clearly indicate that the greatest opportunity to impact a child’s development is in their first five years. Yet, where the investment counts most – during the early years – our public investment is lowest.
Our state can no longer look at these expenditures merely as social service initiatives, we now see these efforts as a way to strategically transform our approach to early education, K-12, and higher education, seeing it as a continuum, beginning at birth rather than kindergarten.
The failing workforce pipeline can be repaired, but we must start early. Early education is the starting point for the pipeline that fuels our K-12 and higher education systems, which ultimately drives economic growth, innovation and investment throughout the Commonwealth.
According to the Federal Reserve, every $1 spent on giving a young child a strong foundation delivers a $7 return on investment (ROI) by reducing special education costs, reducing costs to hold a child back, increasing high school graduation rates, and lowering crime rates.
A generation of K-12 education reform has built a nationally ranked system in our state, but we cannot remain the best state for business in the 21st century with notable gaps in access for early education. This is a priority for BLUEPRINT VIRGINIA and incumbent on all of us, business, nonprofits, and state government to help fill in these gaps and give every child the early education they need for kindergarten readiness, success in elementary school, and a foundation for success in life.Barry DuVal, President & CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
My husband & I have an awesome 3 year-old grandson — I can tell you first-hand that for us the E3 movement allows us to sleep better & feel excited about his future because E3 is educating everyone that we must invest in formative years!Laura Vaughan, Barrier Islands Center
It is our goal to have the companies of Suffolk continually grow and invest in our community; which means they must realize that a sustainable and prepared workforce will be a resource. The commitment to quality early childhood education is the key to support consistent long-term growth for the employers of Suffolk.Kevin Hughes, Economic Development Director
For every $1 we invest in school-age children, only 23 cents is spent on preschool-aged children, birth to age 5.
Children who repeat grades K-3 cost our taxpayers nearly $80m annually.
Holding back a child in kindergarten adds nearly $11,000 to the public cost of that child’s education.
57% of Virginia’s incoming 4th graders score below proficient reading levels.
Children not reading proficiently in third grade are four times more likely not to graduate from high school
By kindergarten entry, many children are so far behind that they may never catch up.
1 in 7 kindergartners arrives without basic reading skills. That’s 13% of our children that need additional help in reading.
90% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of 5.