Dropout? Incarceration? or Early Education…Which one is more cost effective?

 

Over the weekend, Nicolas Kristof wrote an extremely persuasive Op-Ed in Sunday’s New York Times on the value of investing in early education.

“A growing body of careful research suggests that the most effective strategy is to work early on children and education, and to try to encourage and sustain marriage…Early interventions are not a silver bullet, and even programs that succeed as experiments often fall short when scaled up. But we end up paying for poverty one way or another, and early childhood education is far cheaper than adult incarceration.”
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