Report | June 22, 2015

Early Education: The Business Case

Preschool helps children succeed in school and prepares them for productive lives

Businesses need employees who are not only well-educated, but also job­-ready, productive, and team­-capable. Yet many businesses are currently hard pressed to find qualified employees, because too many young adults don’t have the necessary education or skills to get hired.

The factsheet makes the business case for greater access to early education—drawing on data that shows the connection between early education, school readiness, and later workforce success.

By age 5, it is possible to predict, with depressing accuracy, who will complete high school and college and who won’t.

David Brooks, columnist, The New York Times