Research & Resources

Education

Early Childhood Education Has a High Rate of Return

A video excerpt of a 2010 speech Professor Heckman gave to business leaders and policymakers in Chicago. He states that quality early childhood education programs for disadvantaged children have high rates of return and warrant public investment. His presentation is followed by testimonials from business leaders and policymakers who talk about the value they see in early childhood education.

Quality Birth-to-Five Early Childhood Education Delivers the Greatest Return on Investment by Producing:

  • Early childhood education for disadvantaged children delivers a 13% annual return on investment, significantly higher than the 7-10% return delivered by preschool alone.
  • Lasting boosts in cognition and socio-emotional skills.
  • Integrating early health and nutrition with early learning, providing reliable child care and having a developmentally focused program delivered by nurturing teachers and skilled
    professional.

Read the full-summary Report by Heckman.

Family Engagement Carnegie Report

Commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next-Generation Family Engagement: Engaging Families to Transform Education is intended to spark a conversation around the power of family, school, and community engagement. 

 Read the Family Engagement Carnegie Report


LAST YEAR IN MCLENNAN COUNTY. UNITED WAY FUNDED PARTNER PROGRAMS PROVIDED:
20,549
low-income children access to
Early Childhood Education
classes and quality afterschool and summer programs
33,753
low/uninsured families with access to
Medical Screenings and Health Exams
as well as prescription assistance and other therapy needs
150,498
children, adults, and families with
Meals and Bags of Groceries
over 46,000 eligible children, adults and families
4,602
low-income pregnant girls and women
Pregnancy Related Care Needs
including prenatal care, resource assistance, and parenting classes
22,344
families and individuals with
Family and Domestic Violence Care
including access to shelters, resource counseling, and case management