The Economics of Early Childhood Investments (White House Council of Economic Advisers)

On December 10, 2014, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a paper analyzing the research on economic returns to investments in early childhood education. The Economics of Early Childhood Investments (December 2014) cites research suggesting that expanding early learning initiatives would provide benefits to society of roughly $8.60 for every $1 spent, about half of which comes from increased earnings for children when they grow up. Other benefits include increased parental earnings and employment, reduced need for remedial education and later public school expenditures, increased educational attainment, improved health, and decreased involvement with the criminal justice system.

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