Preschool Implications of the Fiscal Cliff


According to the Center on Law and Social Policy, if Congress fails to pass legislation to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff," many families will lose access to the important early childhood education programs that prepare children for success in school and life.

Nearly 4,000 vulnerable children in Illinois who participate in federally funded early childhood programs, and roughly 100,000 nationwide, would be left without this crucial support.

Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago economist James Heckman has shown that every dollar invested in high-quality early childhood programs returns 7 to 10 percent - per child, per year - due to increased productivity, healthy behaviors and reduced social costs.

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Federal Programs Related to - Early Childhood Education

Programs that provide educational activities and experiences for children from birth to age five which are intended to foster social, emotional and intellectual growth and prepare them for further formal learning. Early Education; Early Head Start; Head Start; Head Start Centers; Inclusive Preschools; Montessori Schools; Nursery Schools; Prekindergartens; Preschool Education; Preschools; Special Preschools



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