A new article from NPR, “How Investing in Preschool Beats the Stock Market, Hands Down,” is making its rounds in the parenting and education communities. And for good reason! Here are some takeaways:
A new study highlights the importance of quality early childhood education, particularly for underserved children in predominantly lower-income families. One of the things that makes this study especially unique is that it started at 8 weeks old and followed children until they were 5 years old. It also followed up with the participants through the age of 35.
- Successful programs for children also result in richer lives for parents, particularly mothers.
- The most effective ingredient to early child care programs is interaction with the child, which often prompts more engagement with the parent.
- An investment in early childhood care will lead to enormous social benefits, many of which are outlined below.
- A successful childcare center is one that encourages interactions with the child.
- Continue to encourage children to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes by supporting them.
- Empathy is important, especially with parents and teachers in terms of answering questions and providing encouragement.
Observed benefits of early care programs:
- Reduced health care costs
- Reduced crime
- Greater earnings
- More Education
- Higher IQ
Want to learn more?
Read an interview with the co-author of the study: “How Investing in Preschool beats the Stock Market Hands Down”
Some questions to discuss:
Would you be willing to spend more money for early care programs, knowing that there are probably benefits? What if you didn’t have the money? How can you ascertain if your child care center fosters the principles outlined above?
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