Ask business leaders what they want when it comes to employees, and they’ll likely talk about the unmet need for dependable, skilled, educated workers who can master complex tasks and exhibit the perseverance to problem solve and overcome challenges.
And if those business leaders are knowledgeable about the benefits of early childhood education, they’ll talk about how high-quality early learning helps build a foundation for that type of employee – and how it produces a great return on investment. If they aren't knowledgeable about the benefits of early learning, pass this along:
- Children who attend high-quality early education programs do better overall in high school, college and careers, and they are much more likely to become the kind of skilled employees businesses want.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which supports policies such as lower taxes, regulatory reform and expanded international trade, also strongly supports investments in early learning as a cost-effective, pro-growth strategy.
- Nobel-prize winning economist James Heckman has found that every dollar invested in high-quality early childhood programs for disadvantaged children returns 7-10 percent per child, per year through better outcomes in education, health, reduced social spending and lifelong productivity.
The bottom line: Business leaders increasingly recognize that investments in early childhood yield big returns.
Fortunately, we have an opportunity make these important investments without adding to our nation’s debt. Congress is now considering a plan to help states like Pennsylvania invest in quality early childhood development from birth to age five. The plan invests in proven programs like home visiting, early learning for infants and toddlers and high-quality preschool.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children strongly supports this plan because we recognize what a great return on investment we all get from high-quality early learning programs. You can show your support, too, by signing the petition to Grow America Stronger.
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