Strong Beginnings for a Brighter Future
How children develop and experience the world from birth to age 5 sets the trajectory for their future. Children with healthy development and quality learning during these early years are more likely to: 1) graduate high school, 2) be socially, emotionally, and physically healthy, 3) build safe and productive relationships, and 4) have a higher earning potential in their later years. Children who lack quality development from birth to age 5 are at a higher risk of negative outcomes such as: 1) incarceration, 2) teen pregnancy, 3) dropping out of school, and 4) suffering a multitude of health problems. Research has proven the astounding economic return on investment in quality early childhood education: By promoting lifelong learning and success, and reducing negative outcomes and later remediation efforts, society gains up to $16 for every dollar invested in quality early childhood programs.
In this video, The Miles Foundation features key early childhood statistics, as well as perspectives from Mayor Betsy Price and other Fort Worth leaders in the civic, academic, health, education, business, and philanthropic communities who believe that supporting quality early childhood development for every child means a brighter future for Fort Worth.
Sources: Heckmanequation.org, HighScope Educational Foundation Perry Preschool Study at Age 40, Abecedarian Project, Voices for America’s Children and the Child and Family Policy Center, NAEYC, NACCRA, TRS, TSR