The Economics of Early Childhood Programs: Lasting Benefits and Large Returns

March 2013

This presentation focuses on the return of investment for pre-K education, including the positive benefits of such programs.

NIEER Associate Director of Research Milagros Nores presented at a conference at Loyola University in Chicago entitled "Early Childhood Education for the Future: The Creative Use of Public-Private Partnerships to Provide Cost-Effective, High-Quality School Readiness Program." Dr. Nores was part of a panel discussing the educational, social and economic benefits of preschool education along with Sara Mead of Bellwether Education and Patte Barth of the National School Boards Association. Dr. Nores' presentation focused on the long-term economic returns of investing in pre-K programs as well as other positive outcomes.