Study: Preschool for the poor pays off tenfold

An analysis of a more than 20-year-long study of a Chicago early-childhood-education program for poor families found that for every dollar spent on each of the program's participating children, nearly $10 is returned by the time each learner reaches age 25, in the form of societal benefits such as savings on criminal justice expenses to increased earnings for participants, researchers looking at the study data say. The fiscal benefits uncovered in the analysis don't even take into account the consideration that graduates of such preschool programs are also less likely to have mental-health problems or lack private health insurance coverage, the project's lead researcher said.

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