Community Benefits

Want a safe bet? Invest in early education

“Quality early education for at-risk children can produce an annual rate of return as high as 16 percent — higher than most stock portfolios. It should be at the top of any state’s economic development agenda.” – Art Rolnick, senior vice president of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Investing in early childhood education matters

Community BenefitsInvesting in early childhood education is a long-term project, with results not evident for years. The Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C., determined that budget gains would surpass the cost of pre-K programs in nearly all states in just 10 years.

  • Investments in early childhood education provides taxpayers with returns of up to 7-10 percent per year on the dollar.
  • Investments in quality early childhood education enhance a community’s economic vitality. These investments attract and retain employees and businesses, reduce costs for public assistance and jails, and improve the overall quality of life for everyone.
  • Michigan taxpayers saved well over $1.25 billion in one year because of the state’s investment in early child care programs over the previous 25 years.

What we know:

Studies consistently show that children who participate in high-quality early education programs are more likely to:

  • Succeed in their early education
  • Graduate from high school
  • Attend/graduate from college
  • Earn more money
  • Pay more taxes
  • Own their homes
  • Commit fewer crimes
Lifetime Effects: The HighScope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40,

Lifetime Effects: The HighScope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40, 


Study shows long-term success of early childhood ed

The High/Scope study of the Perry Preschool in Ypsilanti, Mich., demonstrates the dramatic returns from investing in high-quality early-education programs.

This long-term study, which began in the 1960s, tracked the lives of 123 children born into poverty and at risk of failing in school. One group of students received a high-quality preschool program; the other did not.

The study shows that the preschool participants:

  • Were less likely to be place in special education programs
  • Had significantly higher average achievement scores at age 14.
  • Were more likely to graduate from high school.
  • Were more likely to be employed.
  • Had significantly fewer arrests.