High quality early interventions lower the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and show a return on investment of 6:1.
Key strategies include:
Total economic lifetime benefits include:
These are conservative estimates that primarily focus on the quantifiable ECONOMIC return on investment and don’t take into account the opportunity and psychological costs of remedial education, toxic stress, etc.
A child of professional parents typically has heard 45 Million words by age four.
A child in an impoverished family typically has heard 12 Million words by age four.
A child of professional parents hears on average 12 positive statements for two negative statements.
A child in an impoverished family hears on average 1 positive statement for two negative statements.
These research findings are based on state-funded pre-kindergarten programs and high quality early childhood programs such as High Scope Perry Preschool, Chicago Child-Parent, and Abecedarian Project.
Brief: The Benefits of Pre-K: What the Research Shows
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