The Economics of Early Childhood Investments
According to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the economic returns to investments in early childhood education, include the following:
- Increased parental earnings and employment in the short-term
- Reduced need for remedial education and later public school expenditures
- Long-term outcomes such as increased educational attainment
- Increased earnings
- Improved health
- Decreased involvement with the criminal justice system.
Research suggests expanding early learning initiatives would provide benefits to society of roughly $8.60 for every $1 spent. Earnings gains from increased enrollment in early childhood education would provide benefits that outweigh the costs of the program.
To learn more and view the full report from Executive office of the President of the United States click Here.
Legislators in the 4 R Kids Area
A document has been created with all Legislators
in the four county area. Additionally, you can keep up to date with what committees that the legislators have been appointed to by going to the Iowa Legislature
State of Iowa Baby Facts
The science of early childhood development tells us that during the first three years of life, the brain undergoes dramatic development as the child acquires the ability to think, speak, learn, and reason. A baby's early experiences the brain and architecture into a strong or fragile foundation for learning health and success in the workplace. The Zero to Three website has baby fact profiles for each state. Below are just a few statistics about Iowa.
27% of children who are maltreated are under age 3 (U.S. is 27%).
23% of children under age 3 experience residential mobility (U.S. is 23%).
49% of children living with their grandparents are underage 6 (U.S. is 48%).
25% of children entering foster care are underage 3.
71% of mothers are in the labor force (U.S is 63%).
3.3% of children under age 6 do not have health insurance (U.S.is 8.3%).