The Value of Early Childhood Education
Published on: August 26, 2019. Updated on: October 20, 2020.
About the Data Insights
This infographic highlights extensive research demonstrating the value of early childhood education. For every $1 invested in high-quality early childhood education, our society receives up to a $7-$12 return on investment.
Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education are more likely to graduate high school, have a lower risk of heart disease and obesity, and have higher income as adults.
- Heckman JJ, Moon SH, Pinto R, Savelyev PA, and Yavitz A. "The Rate of Return to the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program." Journal of Public Economics, 94(1-2): 114-128, February 1, 2010.
- García JL, Heckman JJ, Duncan EL, and Prados MJ. “Quantifying the Life-cycle Benefits of a Prototypical Early Childhood Program.” May 26, 2017.