Beginning Monday, November 4, 2013, the North Carolina Justice Center is celebrating Early Childhood Week. The goal is to highlight the importance of early childhood programs to the success of the state.
The week will include guest blog posts by several early childhood advocates. All will discuss the significance of investing in early education programs and child care subsidies.
Here are a few talking points on early childhood education to prepare you for an important and informative week.
- A child’s social and emotional skills are developed in the first 2,000 days.
- Nobel Laureate James Heckman found that high quality early education programs provided a 6-10% return on investment per year.
- In 2011, researchers from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute found that pre-K education improved language, literacy and math skills, which creates school ready at-risk students.
- In 2010, Frank Porter Graham researchers found that North Carolina’s pre-K program has a positive impact on the academic achievement of poor children.
- Pre-K narrows the socioeconomic achievement gap.
- A 2011 study published by Duke University showed that in jurisdictions with North Carolina’s early childhood education programs, 3rd grade End of Grade test results improved for all children living in the jurisdiction even if they did not participate in the programs. The rising tide of early childhood education lifts all academic boats of North Carolina’s children.