High-quality early childhood education experiences can have a positive impact on children’s development and school-readiness skills, particularly for low-income children. Research shows that the return on investment in high-quality early childhood education from birth to age 8 comes in the form of higher educational attainment, earnings, and economic status as well as reduced welfare dependence and fewer arrests. Given the known benefits of early childhood education, state and federal policymakers are increasingly recognizing the potential of supporting quality early learning experiences to improve school readiness and reduce achievement gaps.
States in the Midwest region are prioritizing early childhood education with efforts to create connected and comprehensive systems serving children from birth to age 8. Despite challenging economic conditions, Midwest region states continue to support programs that give more students access to high-quality early childhood programs.