That Chance Starts with Inclusive, High-Quality Early Education.
Early childhood education and care programs prepare children to grow and learn, and allow parents to go to work knowing their children are in the best possible care. The benefits of early education also translate to success later in life. Children who attend high-quality programs have a reduced likelihood of criminal behavior, higher chances of being employed as adults, increased lifetime earnings, and less reliance on welfare.
Right now however, there are more than 20,000 three and four-year-olds in Allegheny County without access to publicly funded, high-quality Pre-K. Parents face many roadblocks to access, among them long waiting lists and difficulty navigating the system.By investing in early learning, we are investing resources on children when they need it the most.
By investing in early learning, we are investing resources on children when they need it the most.
The evidence is clear. Research shows that children who attend high-quality early education and care programs enter kindergarten with more skills and richer vocabularies than those who do not.
The difference quality early childhood education makes carries through well into a child’s later years. At-risk children who do not receive a high-quality early-childhood education are:
- 25% more likely to drop out of school
- 60% less likely to attend college
- 50% more likely to be placed in special education
- 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime