Data and statistics have shown that comprehensive, early learning programs for children birth to five years-old result in a return investment of 13% annually. Legislators are widely recognizing the many benefits of quality early learning programs for not only children themselves, but their families and our society as a whole.
The importance of early learning is significantly recognized here in our local community of Palm Beach County as well. Our local Children's Services Council (CSC) received more than 85% approval for reauthorization in 2014, the highest percentage approval rate of any county-wide ballot in the past 20 years!
Early childhood education helps decrease costs for remedial education, crime and other societal problems.
Access to child care and early learning programs gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to go to work every day and contribute to Florida's economy, while their children are acquiring skills that will prepare them for school success.
Children who receive high-quality early learning are more likely to enter the workforce prepared for success, equipped to be productive within our community.
We know that a child's brain forms approximately 700 new neural connections every second during the early years of their life; these connections are the result of the interaction of genes and a baby's environment and experiences. All children depend on these early connections to build a solid foundation for their future learning, behavior and health.
High-quality early learning programs help ensure that even the most at-risk children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn. Access to child care allows parents to work and earn money to support their families.
By providing families access to high-quality care for their children, businesses experience a lesser amount of absenteeism and turnover and improve productivity, work quality, and employee morale.
The availability of child care in Florida creates over 67,000 jobs, strengthening the workforce and contributing to the overall state economy.
To build a generation of workforce-ready people, Florida must invest now as many crucial life skills are established during a child's first five years.