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ERIC Number: ED517009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Invest Now or Pay More Later: Early Childhood Education Promises Savings to Pennsylvania School Districts
Harvey, James
Pennsylvania Department of Education
What should Pennsylvania's educational leaders do to help students meet high standards while keeping costs under control? However this question is asked, the answer is always the same. Investment in preschool programs produces kindergarten students able to cope with school demands and better equipped to meet the demands of "No Child Left Behind". Investments in early education start to pay for themselves immediately, with downstream savings far higher than the initial costs. Some districts recoup the initial investment immediately in special education savings, alone. Research nationally, in neighboring states and in Pennsylvania is unambiguous: Unless Keystone educators and citizens invest today in early childhood education, they'll wind up spending more tomorrow. This report describes the potential savings to Pennsylvania school districts from an investment in preschool. Based on economist Clive Belfield's analyses in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and on national studies, the author shows how eight typical Pennsylvania school districts could recoup, on average, 78% of their investment in preschool. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure and 13 endnotes.)
Pennsylvania Department of Education. 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. Tel: 717-783-6788; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Build Initiative
Identifiers - Location: Ohio; Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001