“Early childhood education’s documented return on investment shows that this is one of the best investments we can make in Denver’s kids and Denver’s future.”
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

Societal Impact of Early Learning Programs

Over 40 years of research has demonstrated that quality early childhood programs have substantial and measurable economic benefits for individuals, families, schools and communities.

Findings include:
  • Students who participated in quality preschool programs show immediate IQ gains, a positive impact on language skills and behavior, and lower rates of participation in remedial education.
  • Adults who received a high-quality preschool education are more likely to graduate from high school, be employed, have higher median annual incomes and own their own homes.
  • For every $1 spent on quality early childhood education, between $4 and $17 are saved over time on costs associated with remedial education, health care, welfare and criminal justice.
  • In the state of Colorado, subsidized child care enables working poor families to earn $111 million per year.
  • The total economic impact of early childhood care and education spending on the Colorado economy exceeds $1 billion annually.