Investment in Early Childhood Demonstrates a Staggering 13 Percent Return
Research shows us that investing in early childhood education is the smartest use of private and public dollars that we can make: investment in birth-to-five early childhood education yields a staggering 13 percent rate of return per annum.
Preventative investment in early childhood care and education brings enormous savings to the economy, strengthens families and the workforce, improves health, and increases outcomes and efficiencies in K-12 education.
The Earlier the Investment the Greater the Return
Ninety-five percent of brain development takes place before a child’s fifth birthday; 80 percent takes place before a child’s third birthday. During this critical window, access to a safe, nurturing, language-rich setting determines how healthy and successful a child will be throughout her or his entire life. In the first years of a child’s life, meaningful interaction with caregivers and the quality of environment literally shape the architecture of that child’s brain – building the foundation for language, social skills, cognitive function, and the ability to regulate emotions.
Investment in High-Quality Child Care Has a Multi-Generational Impact
Investment in high quality birth-to-five programs offers returns not only for children, but for their parents and caregivers as well. Studies show that access to quality, affordable childcare improves the health and economic prospects of caregivers, especially mothers – allowing them to enter or remain in the workforce, advance their own careers, and maximize their earning potential.
Neighborhood Villages: Building the Delivery Model
Despite all we know, the United States does not offer public education to children until the age of five and, before then, offers families little support when it comes to finding affordable, quality child care. Neighborhood Villages seeks to change this.
Our model of affordable, high-quality, birth-to-five child care is designed to serve families across the socioeconomic spectrum. Through partnership with community health providers, we integrate wraparound services, including health care, strengths-based parental empowerment programs, and other support services, into the fabric of our schools. Neighborhood Villages is more than child care; it is a new way forward.