The Results of a 25 Year Study on Early Childhood Education
There was a study conducted over 25 YEARS (yes years) about the benefits of early childhood education programs. The study was published on June 9th, 2011 by Arthur Reynolds (professor of child development) and Judy Temple (professor at the University of Minnesota). The study ended up with overwhelmingly positive results for early childhood programs. It followed more than 1400 participants, mostly African American. Some of the results for those who participated in these programs are summarized below.
- 28% fewer were incarcerated or jailed
- 9% more completed high school; 19% more males
- 20% more achieved at least a moderate level of socioeconomic status
- 22% fewer had a felony arrest while the difference was 45% for children of high school dropouts
- 28% fewer abused drugs and alcohol
- 19% more carried a level of health insurance coverage
One of the biggest shocks was finding that children who participated in the CPCEP graduated high school on time 55% more than those who did not participate in the program. Lastly, according to this study, the cost benefit analysis of early education resulted in an 18% annual return on investment for society.
What do we take away from this study? That early childhood education is a great investment for society and that not enough money is ending up in these programs. In fact, Only 3% of the $14 billion dollars allocated to school districts under “No Child Left Behind” goes to preschool. That number seems drastically low for a system with such great benefits to society.
For more check out the study in “Science” or the article from the New York Times which was the original source for this piece. If you represent an early childhood education program we appreciate your hard work which is why we make it a priority to protect your efforts. At Metropolitan Risk Advisory we specialize in childcare insurance, day care insurance, nursery school insurance, and non profit insurance in the greater NYC area. Our risk management techniques will protect your children and facility resulting in lower costs which can then be re-deployed on more important things, like teachers & children not insurance premiums!