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What's the ROI on Early Childhood Education

Preschool isn't just about school.

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Breakdown of the Costs and Benefits

All figures in 2007 dollars

  Perry Preschool Abecedarian Chicago Child-Parent Centers
Private Benefits      
Childcare $1,091   $2,108
Education Costs -$193   -$237
Participant Earnings $60,743 $45,190 $26,098
Earnings of Future Generations   $6,890  
Parental Earnings   $82,754  
Health Benefits   $21,410  
Welfare Benefits -$2,414 n/a  
Total Private Benefits $59,227 $156,243 $27,970
Public Benefits      
Total K-12 Cost Savings $10,155 $10,639 $6,197
Higher Education Costs -$1,362 -$9,787 -$472
Total Crime Savings $206,467    
Welfare Administrative Costs $3,333 $236  
Child Abuse/Neglect Savings     $979
Total Public Benefits $218,593 $1,088 $23,568
Total Program Costs $18,261 $43,183 $8,512


Source: “The Dollars and Cents of Investing Early” by James Heckman

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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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