Economics


  • Research tells us that investing in early learning benefits children + families + society.
  • The availability of early education programs attracts homebuyers and increases property values by $13 for every dollar invested.
  • A lack of childcare costs businesses $4.4b annually due to employee absences.
  • Quality early education reduces grade retention and saves school divisions money in the long run.
  • Children who attend higher quality programs enter kindergarten ready to learn, live healthier lives, are LESS likely to repeat a grade, and are MORE likely to graduate from high school.
  • A focus on birth to five lowers rates of chronic disease and lowers health care costs.
  • Children who participate in high quality programs show long-term health benefits (reduced depression, rates of smoking, obesity and substance abuse).
  • The annual cost of infant, toddler and preschool programs ranges between $10-16k. Those programs may not be high quality.
  • Children from low-income families often have access to lower quality programs.

Economics in VA


  • $13,728 is the annual cost of center-based care.
  • 47% of residents live in childcare deserts.

Science


  • Children are born learning.
  • Children who enter kindergarten behind their peers are more likely to remain behind in their education, careers and lives.
  • The foundation for reading ability is built in the first five years.
  • High quality early learning increases high school graduation rates by 14%.
  • When children face adversity, they are at far greater risk for cognitive, language, social & emotional delays.

The Politics


  • Most voters say there is a lack of affordable, high quality early education programs.
  • There is bipartisan support for early learning.
  • Investment is slow and steady in most states.
  • Today, Democratic and Republican candidates are making high-quality early learning part of their campaign platforms.
  • National and state polling shows an increase in support for greater investment in early education.
  • American voters support making early learning and childcare more affordable for working families (82% R’s, 85% I’s and 97% D’s).
  • 2/3 of American voters say we need to do more to give our children a strong start before K.

COVID-19 Impact


  • The health crisis wreaked havoc on an already fragile system.
  • 3,000+ programs remain closed in Virginia.
  • Working families are facing challenges finding child care.

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