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Do you know the FACTS about Early Care and Education?

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Children enrolled in high-quality early care and education programs are:
• 44% more likely to finish high school
• 33% more likely to enroll in college
• 50% less likely to rely on welfare
• 39% less likely to get arrested by age 19
• 46% less likely to be incarcerated as juveniles


“Policies that support the ability of parents, providers of early care and education, and other community members to interact positively with children in stable and stimulating environments help create a sturdy foundation for later school achievement, economic productivity, and responsible citizenship.”
-National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, Harvard University


EVERY $1 SPENT ON HIGH QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS SAVES SOCIETY $7 IN FUTURE COSTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION, DELINQUENCY, CRIME CONTROL, WELFARE, LOST TAXES AND OTHER AREAS
-Chicago Longitudinal Study, National Institute for Early Education Research

There are 23,366 licensed child care slots in San Francisco. These slots meet only 49% of the demand.

There are an estimated 36,785 children under the age of 13 in families with income levels eligible for child care subsidies. This represents 42% of San Francisco’s child population. Most of these families will never receive the child care services they are eligible for.
-2007 Child Care Needs Assessment

“The real question is how to use the available funds wisely. The best evidence supports the policy prescription: Invest in the VeryYoung.”
-James J. Heckman, PhD, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2000

March 8 Monterey County Presentation
On March 8, 2012 Professor Heckman spoke to business leaders about the importance of building a productive workforce and stronger economy through early childhood education. Read his presentation slides Heckman March 8 Monterey County Presentation.

Major Reasons Families Seek Child Care
77%: Employment
26%: Parent Seeking Employment
19%: Parent in School or Training
-California Resource and Referral Network

“The later in life we attempt to repair early deficits, the costlier the remediation becomes.”
-James J. Heckman, PhD, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2000

Child Care Is A Vital Industry in San Francisco: Cuts to Child Care Will Lead to Loss of Jobs
• Direct employment for child care in San Francisco is estimated to be 4,415 full time-equivalent jobs.
• The child care industry employs almost as many people as clothing stores and advertising agencies.
- The Economic Impact Report of the Child Care Industry in the City and County of San Francisco, DCYF

“The fundamental insight of economics is manifested in a growing body of program evaluations that shows that early childhood programs can generate government savings that more than repay their costs and produce returns to society that outpace most public and private investments.”
-“What Does Economics Tell Us About Early Childhood Policy?” Rand Corporation (2008)

Child Care Means Business
In San Francisco, the Child Care industry generates $191 million in gross receipts annually,
which is more than nursing care facilities ($157.2 million), shoe stores ($158.2 million), museums ($169.2 million), graphic design services ($172.9 million), public relations agences ($188.6 million) and residential property managers ($189.4 million)
-The Economic Impact Report of the Child Care Industry in the City and County of San Francisco, DCYF

We Can’t Afford Anymore Cuts to ECE!
The proposed California State Budget includes $517 million in reductions to early care and education.
This is a 26% reduction in current ECE funding and these cuts are scheduled to be permanent.

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