Is preschool a worthwhile investment for our country? This will certainly be a hotly debated topic over the coming years in light of Obama’s Preschool for Every Child initiative.
The folks at Education News have put together a nice infographic (scroll to end of post) that supports the case for preschool.
They start with some basic stats:
- There are currently over 11 million unemployed in the US
- 2.3 million people are incarcerated
- 42.6 million people are living below the poverty line
What does preschool have to do with these numbers? Can it can start to reverse these trends?
- Kids who attend preschool are 20% more likely to graduate high school
- They are half as likely to be arrested
- Grown-ups who attended preschool earn an average of 50% more than non-preschoolers
- Every $1 invested in preschool saves taxpayers up to $13 in future costs
Education News concludes that:
Even though it may seem like a glorified play time to some, preschool nonetheless touts huge long and short-term benefits for those who attend.
What do you think? What are you conclusions of these statistics? Do your eyes glaze over while reading these statistics?