New book highlights economic benefits of early childhood education
High-quality early childhood education (ECE) pays large economic  dividends.  As Upjohn Institute senior economist Timothy J. Bartik shows in his new book From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education, children receiving high-quality ECE reap considerably higher lifetime earnings than those not receiving ECE (see figure below). Bartik explains how large economic benefits of ECE are supported by many research studies, and responds to common criticisms of this research. Bartik’s book also discusses how ECE programs can best be designed, and explains how ECE programs provide broad benefits for everyone in society.  Download a free PDF of the book. Download the policy brief.
                                                                                                       
“Early childhood education can play a significant role in an overall economic strategy to enhance U.S economic growth and broaden economic opportunities.”–Timothy J. Bartik


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From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education
Timothy J. Bartik
09/2014

Bartik shows that investment in high-quality early childhood education has several long-term benefits, including higher adult earnings for program participants.