Investing in your child’s preschool education will yield a greater return than the stock market. Cost-benefit analyses reveal that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, there is more than a $10 return in terms of cost savings in the following areas:
- remedial education
- economic well-being
- criminal justice
- tax revenues
Adjusted for inflation, the annual return of investing in preschool programs is 18% over a child’s lifetime leading to a cumulative return of 900 percent!
The actual benefits of investing in early childhood education go beyond saving money, however. Investing in preschool programs benefits children in the following ways:
Children attending early education preschool learn vital social and emotional skills such as self-control and the ability to self-monitor.
By encouraging children to become engaged in their environment and their own learning, children learn self-control that studies show will follow them into their adult lives.
The publication Science conducted a study of children who attended a comprehensive, high quality infancy and early childhood development and education program.
The goal of the childhood intervention program was to see if it could promote healthy growth and development in the lives of young children born into poverty.
A report derived from the study revealed that as they grew into adults, these children were more likely to be healthier than their counterparts who didn’t take part in the program
Specifically, children who were part of the program received the following:
- nutritious meals
- pediatric care
- school readiness learning
- home visits to offer parents instruction in child development and how to promote school readiness skills
When compared to their peers who weren’t part of the program, these adults were:
- less likely to be involved in crime
- more likely to remain in school
- more likely to have higher earnings
- likelier to be healthier, with less obesity and better health markers
Nearly 90 percent of the brain’s development takes place in the first five years of life, so it’s not unreasonable to say that preschools offer early childhood development with a high public return.
Graduates of early childhood programs typically perform, on average, six months ahead of their “non-program peers” in school-readiness skills.
Students who were enrolled in an early childhood program were also more likely to:
- attain their diploma
- graduate college
- greater economic health
And were less likely to be engaged in:
- health-compromising behaviors
High quality early education programs should have the following features:
- a developmentally appropriate curriculum
- a safe, engaging and enriching learning environment
- highly qualified teachers
- small teacher to student ratio
- parental inclusion in the educational process
- cohesive school community within the larger community
- well-supplied classrooms with engaging materials that challenge and inspire children to reach their highest potential
- lots of hands-on, experiential learning opportunities
- whole child and play based learning
It’s been estimated that nearly 50 percent of children won’t be ready for kindergarten, which sets them behind from the start.
Early childhood programs help get children on a firm foundation of success, and helps educators identify any potential learning programs so that they can be addressed early.
Reading specialists advise that early skills in writing and reading are crucial to later success at reading, and fluent reading is central to academic achievement.
A program which is designed to help your child be prepared to enter kindergarten should address the following needs:
- group participation
- relationship-attachment to parents, teachers and caregivers
- self-awareness and regulation
- social emotional understanding
Language and Literacy
- listening and attention skills
- language use
- vocabulary and grammar
- phonological awareness
- word and letter recognition
- understanding age appropriate text
- interest and response to reading
- scientific inquiry and terminology
- number sense
- algebra and functions (classification and patterning)
- mathematical reasoning
- sense of time (history)
- sense of place (geography and ecology)
- self and society
- market place (economics)
As you can see, investing in your child’s preschool education is one of the surest ways to prepare him for success later in life. If you’re looking for a quality Monmouth County infant and toddler program to help prepare your child for the next step, we’d love to hear from you.