What investment returns up to $17 for every dollar spent, is proven to help children graduate from high school and college, and has business supporters? Early childhood education! By providing our children with rich and diverse learning opportunities, they develop skills and learning abilities to become productive and thriving members of your community - the workforce. How can you do your part? To learn more, contact Debbie Yare at dyare@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-1943.

 

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Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything

Nearly 5 million children under the age of 5 live in poverty in the U.S. and the majority don’t have access to high-quality early childhood programs that could dramatically improve their future. The first five years of a child’s life are critical for setting the foundations for lifelong health, learning and success. Together, we can change the course for our youngest learners.  Watch the video from The Ounce to learn more.

 

No Small Matter

The feature documentary NO SMALL MATTER confronts America's most pressing problems with an unlikely but powerful weapon: babies and young children. From home to childcare to preschool, high-quality early care and education has far-reaching impacts, and groundbreaking science to back it up. With a healthy dose of humor and a surprising edge, NO SMALL MATTER reveals the tragic cost of getting this wrong, and the huge payoff—for our kids, our families, and our country—of getting it right. www.nosmallmatter.com

 

A strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America. Some economists are worried about how much we spend on early care and education in America—not because we spend too much, but because we spend too little. Are We Crazy About Our Kids? explores how investments in high quality early care and preschool yield huge personal and social benefits—and pay for themselves many times over. Are We Crazy About Our Kids? brings to life the class studies of Perry Preschool and other initiatives conducted by Nobel Laureate James Heckman, former Federal Reserve economist Arthur Rolnick and others demonstrating how high-quality early care and preschool yield huge benefits—for individuals and society. Watch this powerful video to learn more.

Strengthening business through effective investments in children and youth. ReadyNation is the preeminent business leader organization working to strengthen business through better policies for children and youth. Our members educate policymakers and the public about effective investments that will help business compete in today's global marketplace, build a foundation for lasting economic security, and help children get on the right track to success in school and in life. Business people are warmly invited to learn more about ReadyNation.

To break the cycle of poverty, young children need something that's as free and abundant as air. An extraordinary program is giving it to them. Read more...

Data and Reports

Free Child Development Resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Learn the Signs. Act Early.