early childhood education

Investing in Kids

Posted on March 3, 2011. Filed under: community alignment, early childhood education, General |

My colleague at the Upjohn Institute, Tim Bartik, has written an important book about the economic benefits of investing in early childhood education. With methodological care and the genuine consideration of alternative viewpoints, Tim arrives at a compelling argument why local economic development strategies should include extensive investments in high-quality early childhood programs, such as prekindergarten education, child care, and parenting assistance. Check out Tim’s blog, Investing in Kids, for his ongoing thinking on this issue and its connection to current policy debates.

About the book: “Early childhood programs, if designed correctly, pay big economic dividends down the road because they increase the skills of their participants. And since many of those participants will remain in the same state or local area as adults, the local economy benefits: more persons with better skills attract business, which provides more and better jobs for the local economy.”

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