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What's the ROI on Early Childhood Education

Preschool isn't just about school.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

Per child, in 2005 dollars

  Average total costs per student Average total benefits Net benefits (benefits-costs) Benefit-cost ratio (benefits/costs) Internal rate of return
Perry Preschool $17,198 $293,579 $276,381 $17.07 to $1 18%
Carolina Abecedarian project $38.934 $147,149 $108,215 $3.78 to $1 7%
Chicago Child-Parent Center $8,018 $81,399 $73,381 $10.15 to $1 22%


• Long term research has shown that all of the famous studies of Early Childhood Education produce strong returns.

Source: Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky; its report is called, “Costs and Benefits of Early Childhood Education.”

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Feb 6, 2013 05:03 am
 Posted by  tdw

This is complicated and would be simplified for action if a concept of positive expectation were used with high risk factors (actions not taken) for after pre-k resulting in a low present value of positive expectations. Low risk factors (actions taken) resulting in higher PVofPE-Prek. Actions are after age 6.

See table of this thinking. http://www.usa-positive-expectations.com/PVofPE-Prek.html

It is much more actionalble with follow on no choice ERSD-RA and FTFRTFT Socratic thinking

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