Economics and Finance

Publications and Research

Research confirms long-term benefits of high-quality early education.

A report from the Mid-American Regional Council points to Kansas' need to increase its investment in child care.

A Summary Report of the 2002 Early Education Cost Symposium (September 19–20, 2002). Edited by W. Steven Barnett and Pamela J. Kelley

For every dollar spent on high-quality early education programs, taxpayers can expect four dollars in benefits. These programs not only lead to greater academic success, they boost lifetime earnings for participants and their mothers.

States report a variety of initiatives to improve the quality of child care, such as training caregivers, raising compensation, and increasing safety. However, few states have studied the effect of their initiatives on children.