The Facts

Research Tells Us


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


Achievement gaps develop well before children begin kindergarten.


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.


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


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


say has major impact on kindergarten readiness.


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

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Survey

Arizona Early Childhood Facts & Figures

Children ages 0-8


% of children enrolled in quality early learning settings


% of third graders reading at or above grade level


Early Literacy

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

Investing in Early Childhood

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

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