The Importance of Quality Education

The quality of a child’s future depends on the quality of education in the first five years. Benefits that can accrue from a first-rate early learning experience come only if the setting is safe, healthy, stimulating, thoughtful, organized and—perhaps most important—led by well-trained, attentive teachers.

What does quality look like? Read more from Invest in US.

Vital Statistics

Arkansas ranks 42nd among all states for child well-being. Just take a look at Zero to Three’s Arkansas state facts for infants and toddlers.

Studies show that attendance for at least one year in a high quality early childhood program results in:

  • A decrease in school remediation
  • A three-fold increase in high school graduation rates
  • Less use of social services
  • And higher lifetime earnings
  • As a result, their families are six times more likely to remain in the workforce.
  • According to Entergy economists, this equates to a return of $9.21 for every dollar invested in high quality early childhood education to Arkansas communities.
  • For every invested in back-up child care, employers can expect a return of to in increased productivity and reduced turnover.

Why Early Childhood?

Invest in US explains why early childhood education is so key at this stage in a child’s life (“Four Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood“). Here are some key takeaways:

  • 700 neurons are formed every SECOND
  • 90-100% chance of developmental delays when 6-7 risk factors are in place
  • 18 Months: The developmental age that vocabulary disparities first begin to appear
  • 3:1 – odds of adult heart disease after 7 or 8 adverse childhood experiences

Additionally, early childhood education is a crucial component of attracting, developing and maintaining human capital in today’s workforce.

“Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything”
(Courtesy of The Ounce)

Girl with Blocks

“The later in life we attempt to repair early deficits, the costlier the remediation becomes.”

—James J. Heckman, PhD, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences