Intervention later in life (job training, prisoner rehab, and education programs for adults) yield low economic returns compared to early interventions such as pre-K programs.

The data is out there.

Investment in early childhood is good for children.

By the age of 5, a child’s brain reaches 85% of it’s adult weight, developing 700 neural synapses every second. These are the connections that help them learn. View the entire The Science of Early Childhood Development and the Foundation of Prosperity report.

Early experiences — both positive and negative at the family level and the societal level — shape children’s brains, bodies, and future possibilities. How do Montana’s kids’ futures compare to those of their counterparts in other states? Take a look at Montana’s State Baby Fact Sheet here, and compare Montana to other states here.

Investment in early childhood is good for the community.

Children that have access to and participate in early childhood learning opportunities pay more taxes, have reduced need for welfare and remediation, and show less criminal activity. View Lifetime Effects: the High Scope Perry Pre-School Study through 40.

Even more useful information that is Montana-specific can be found at Montana KIDS COUNT, which provides the tools for child advocates and policy makers to promote effective decision-making that will improve the lives of children in our state. Check out a variety of reports, issue briefs, and quick data links at the Montana KIDS COUNT website.

Investment in early childhood is good for the economy.

54% of business leaders say that they expect to have  difficulty finding enough educated and skilled workers in the future. Concentration on early childhood can help America stay competitive in the global economy.  View the full National Poll Reveals American Business Leaders Link Access to Pre-Kindergarten Education to Country’s Economic Prosperity. 

“ In business, we rarely have the luxury of making an investment decision with as much evidence as we have to support the economic value of investing in early childhood development and education… Put bluntly, in my terms, they are a financial nobrainer. The only question is ‘how strong is the ROI?’ The answer: Two or three or more to one.”

~ John Pepper, former CEO of Proctor and Gamble