The Value of Education

There’s no denying that a good education is important. But what many people don’t realize is that the benefits of a high-quality education can last a lifetime.

Research Shows Us

Research has shown that students who attend high-quality preschool programs reap benefits that can last through school and their lives. Studies found that these students are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and find employment. They’re also less likely to become involved in crime or use drugs. So what does this all mean? It means that investing in early childhood education is one of the smartest things we can do for our kids, our economy, and our country.

According to the Learning Policy Institute, students who attend high-quality preschool programs reap benefits that can last through school and their lives. The institute reviewed research from a variety of sources and found that preschool programs can have a positive impact on academic achievement, social and emotional development, and future economic success. One of the most important factors in determining the quality of a preschool program is the education and training of the teachers. Well-trained teachers are better able to provide individualized instruction and support that meets the needs of each child. In addition, high-quality preschool programs often include small class sizes, which allows for more personal attention from teachers. The Learning Policy Institute’s review of research provides valuable insights into the importance of high-quality preschool programs. It is clear that these programs can have a lasting impact on students’ lives.

"Even when students are only followed into elementary school, studies find significant benefits from preschool in lower rates of grade retention and special education that offer a partial return on the investment. High-quality preschool programs can also help close the gap in school and life outcomes between those raised in low-income families and their wealthier peers..."
Steven Barnett
Founder and Senior Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University

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