Investing in Oklahoma’s youngest learners helps
THE FUTURE ECONOMIC POSITION OF OUR STATE.

BusinessesINVESTING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MAKES FOR A STRONGER WORKFORCE.

When children are ready for school they are well on their way of being ready for work. Research shows the economic benefits of a strong early care and education system, and is a major argument for investing in young children as they are our future workforce.

Business leaders should be mindful that their employees are parents too. Strong early care and education systems work toward the bottom line regardless of the size of the business.

  • Reduce absenteeism in existing employees, which increases productivity.

  • Increase employee retention, which lowers turnover costs.

  • Enhance recruitment of new employees.

  • Cultivate the future workforce, helping to prepare young children for K-12 education and success in adulthood.

DID YOU KNOW?

A 2006 poll of American business leaders found that business leaders overwhelmingly believe that public funding of effective preschool programs is important for the US economy to remain globally competitive. The same poll found that 4 out of 5 believe that public funding of voluntary preschool for all children would improve America's workforce. The findings were submitted to the Committee for Economic Development and their findings can be found here. To learn more about the involvement of the Committee for Economic Development website in early care and education please visit their website at www.ced.org.

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QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION BENEFITS

CAN REDUCE

  • Crime Rates
  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Welfare Dependancy
  • Job Training Costs
  • Special Education Costs
  • Grade Retention

CAN INCREASE

  • Success in School
  • Graduation Rates
  • Workforce Readiness
  • Job Productivity
  • Community Engagement
  • Lifetime Income

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