A statewide venture, created by business, civic and philanthropic leaders to tenaciously pursue and challenge policy makers to make early education a priority.
To make strategic investments in early education a statewide priority.
- Educate about the problem and solution.
- Advocate to secure greater public investment.
- Partner with business and private investors.
At a time when nearly 90% of a child’s brain is developed, our public investment is lowest. Virginia is under investing in early education. For every dollar Virginia invests in school-age children, only 23 cents is spent on preschool-aged children, birth to age five.systems
Currently, Virginia’s investment is far less than other states including Maryland, Mississippi, and North Carolina. Right now, we’re spending $2217 on children 0-5 while North Carolina spends $3277. That’s over $1,000 more per child at a critical time in their development.
Our Strategy & Solution:
The research is clear: investment in high quality early education programs is the best way to support improved academic outcomes in our K-12 and higher education systems.systems.
Economists report that early education programs improve the “soft skills” such as grit, self-control, perseverance, delayed gratification, and curiosity, which are highly predictive of educational and professional success.systems.
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1. Voices For America’s Children, Early Learning Left Out, June 2010 (Adapted By E3)
2. National Research Council & the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development, 2000.
3. Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. 2012.
Arlington Public Schools is proud to have been a participant in the VKRP pilot to support kindergarten readiness across Virginia. APS has a proud tradition of supporting early childhood Pre-K programs that provide a foundation for all students to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.Dr. Patrick Murphy, Superintendent of Schools, Arlington Public Schools
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
34% of Virginia’s children arrive at kindergarten unprepared in at least one critical learning domain.
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 three-years-old, a child’s vocabulary can predict third grade reading achievement.
90% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of 5.