The Return on Early Childhood Education Investment

A recent report by the Conference Board of Canada suggests that the country’s lagging spending on early childhood education is going to cost it’s economy in the long run.In a paper published recently the think-tank argues that for every dollar spent on early childhood education programs, the economy gets about $6 worth of economic benefits down the line.

Not only do such programs give kids a head start, but they free up parents to work and increase the family’s income, too. “The science is unquestioning,” said Craig Alexander, the group’s chief economist and one of the authors of the report.

“There’s clear evidence that kids develop better and stronger essential skills,” he said, “and we can basically show that this does act to reduce income inequality.”

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