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Study: What's Best for Kids is Best for WYO's Bottom Line

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Pre-schoolers in Wyoming have power potential. If they get a quality early childhood education, they'll bring more money as adults to the state through tax revenue, according to a study released today from the Economic Policy Institute. Study author Robert Lynch says there are concrete economic benefits for state investments in children, and a profitable payoff can be expected in just a few years.

“[Economic benefits] outstrip annual state program costs in every state by a minimum of about six-to-one in Alabama, and as much as eleven-to-one in Wyoming.”

Lynch looked at remedial education, juvenile court caseloads, and future workforce earnings. The report will be forwarded to the Wyoming Joint Interim Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, which has promised to spend time researching the quality child care issue.

Danna Frey with the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance says they know almost 65 percent of Wyoming workers have kids in child care for up to ten hours a day. She says making sure the child care is developmentally appropriate and enriching is part of the early childhood education equation.

“We really have to have quality. And if we have quality in that setting, the need for special pre-K programs really diminishes.”

The report is online at www.epi.org.



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