High-quality early interventions are the smartest community investments.

May 19, 2015 / Data, National Data / 0 Comments /


High quality early interventions lower the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and show a return on investment of 6:1.

Key strategies include:

  • Parent education and coaching
  • Home visitation
  • Quality early childhood care and education
  • Pre-kindergarten

Total economic lifetime benefits include:

  • Increased lifetime net earnings
  • Increased tax revenue
  • Reduced health care and mortality costs
  • Public system savings

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.

Source: Diaz, Jose Y. “Prospective Return on Investment of the Northside Achievement Zone.”Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (2015): 12-14. 15 Feb. 2015. Web.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives reduce teen pregnancy and teen parenthood.

March 16, 2015 / National Data / 0 Comments /

Children in poverty hear fewer words at home.

January 23, 2014 / National Data / 0 Comments /

Children in poverty hear fewer words at home.

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.

Children in poverty hear less praise.

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.

Graphic based on: Hart, B. and Risley, T. (1995). Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children.
Baltimore MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Pre-Kindergarten makes a world of difference.

July 17, 2013 / National Data / 0 Comments /

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
Download full brief (PDF, 07/2014)