Building Block #3: Early education keeps our economy going

Fast Facts:

  • Parents who have access to reliable and affordable child care are 15% more likely to be employed1
  • Because parents can remain in the workforce when their children are young and continue to gain job skills, they can experience a long-term earnings increase up to 30% over their lifetimes.2
  • For every $1 invested in pre-k in Pennsylvania, an additional 79 cents are generated for a total of $1.79 in new spending in the state.  is strong economic boost for local businesses is higher than investments in other major sectors such as retail trade, wholesale trade, services and manufacturing.3

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Providers/ Community leaders:

  • Share how much your program contributes to the local economy monthly or annual with salaries and purchases of goods and services.
  • Examples of families that have been able to continue to work because of early education


  • How access to early education programs (list by name) have helped them continue to work or get additional schooling/training to get a better job.

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Thank you for your helping our young children reach their promise through quality early education!


1 U.S. Government Accountability Office (1994)

2 Timothy J. Bartik, Ph.D., Senior Economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, at the Early Learning Investment Commission Economic Summit, April 19, 2010

3 Ready Nation/America’s Edge: “Strengthening Pennsylvania Businesses through Investments in Pre-Kindergarten How Investments in Early Learning Increase Sales from Local Businesses, Create Jobs and Grow the Economy,” 2014

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