The data show that the greatest challenges facing our county and country – from school dropout rates, to crime to rising health-care costs, to the necessity of competing in the global marketplace – can best be met by focusing on the development of all our children, beginning at birth.
Research shows that the achievement gap appears long before children reach kindergarten – in fact it can become evident as early as nine months of age. And at-risk children who receive high-quality, early childhood investment are:
- 75% more likely to graduate high school
- 40% more likely to attend college
- 60% less likely to become a teen parent
- 50% less likely to be placed in remedial education courses
- 30% less likely to be arrested for a violent crime