Early Childhood Education Supports a Healthier Bottom Line
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and John Pepper make the business case for quality child care and preschool to enhance America’s future workforce
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and John Pepper make the business case for quality child care and preschool to enhance America’s future workforce.
Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and John Pepper, former chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble, coauthored an oped in Roll Call entitled Early Childhood Experiences Support a Healthier Bottom Line for Nation’s Employers.
In it, they highlight research that shows how high-quality early education programs can lead to lower future health care costs. Studies show that quality preschool programs can lead to better health, a lower likelihood of substance abuse, better mental health, fewer problem behaviors, and lower risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
American business leaders are encouraging lawmakers to make quality child care and early childhood education a top priority. It’s one of the smartest steps we can take to raise healthier kids, foster healthier communities, and enjoy a healthier bottom line for employers nationwide.