High-Quality Early Childhood Programs Can Change Lives

Well-implemented early childhood programs are a good investment.

RAND Corporation
Feb 23, 2018 · 7 min read
A mother reads with her three-year-old daughter at a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5, 2013. Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

Hope for the Hard-Pressed

Social and economic disparities can leave a mark long before grade school.

Getting Ahead of the Curve

The United States spends much less on early childhood education, as a share of its economy, than other wealthy nations.

Evidence Shows Programs Yield Positive Results

Returns of $2 to $4 were typical for every dollar invested in early childhood programs.

Children from a Virginia Head Start program at a state park. Photo by Virginia State Parks/CC BY 2.0

Better Outcomes for Families

Shawna Trancosa, one of the family health educators at San Felipe Pueblo, was once a mother in the program. Photo by Eric Draper/Pro Photography Network

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