Building Block #6: Workforce development depends on early education

Fast Facts:

  • Quality early education increases a child’s likelihood to do well in school, graduate high school and attend college or job training, and can increase a child’s potential earnings as an adult by up to 60% according to Timothy J. Bartik, Ph.D., Senior Economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
  • With nearly two-thirds of America’s citizens working in the state that they were born, when you invest in early education, you invest in the future workers for your state.

You can share:

With Providers/ Community leaders:

  • Ask local businesses how much time and money that have to spend to recruit the right employees, and then train them in basic reading and math skills before they are fully up to speed on their jobs?
  • Share how children in your programs improve their pre-academic and social skills and enthusiasm for learning that will help them succeed in school and in life.
  • Share what children in your program would like to be when they grow up and how quality early education will help them reach those goals.

With Parents:

  • What does your child want to be when he/she grows up? Share how your child’s attitudes towards his/her future have been impacted by quality early education. Share how your child’s skills and enthusiasm for learning have improved.

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

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