The Facts

Research Tells Us The Following
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report

1

The first five years are the most critical in the development of a child's brain.

2

Achievement gaps develop well before children begin kindergarten.

3

High-quality pre-K programs for three- and four-year-olds can have a significant impact on all children, but especially those from low-income families.

4

Meaningful investments in quality early learning programs for younger children have lasting effects that can reduce costs later in life while enhancing economic growth.

5

A high-quality early childhood education can help break the cycle of poverty.

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ready, Set, Go! Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education

What Parents Say About Quality of Care in Early Childhood

84%

say has major impact on kindergarten readiness.

86%

say has major impact on a child's long-term well-being.

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Survey

Arizona Early Childhood Facts and Figures

Children ages 0-8

796,000+

% of children enrolled in quality early learning settings

24%

% of third graders reading at or above grade level

44%

Early Literacy

Source: Anne Fernald, Virginia Marchman and Adriana Weisleder (1) | Betty Hart and Todd Risley (2) | American Educational Research Association (3)

Investing in Early Childhood

Source: James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics and an expert in the economics of human development

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