Investing in Early Childhood Education
Date posted: July 12, 2013
Last year, Craig Alexander and Dina Ignjatovic of the TD Bank issued a special report – Early Childhood Education has Widespread and Long Lasting Benefits. It is a literature review of the benefits and costs of high quality early childhood programs.
“Not only do high-quality early childhood education programs benefit children, they also have positive impacts on parents and the economy as a whole.”
Among the highlights of this report, it indicates that an investment in early education can help reduce poverty, address skills shortages, and improve productivity and innovation.
The Ounce of Prevention Fund in the United States advocates for funding for early childhood services. They have created several videos and the following one makes a compelling case for investing in early childhood education.
(Note: The statistics in the video are not Canadian. For recent statistics on child poverty in BC, consult the BC 2012 Child Poverty Report Card.)