I was reading this report about Head Start this weekend, although I know many of us don’t qualify for such service, it truly was impactful to read the many benefits these services provide for the families that do qualify. When I considered the pricing for my pre-school I did take into consideration the economics for the families in my neighborhood and of course what I would like to pay as a parent.
This is a short excerpt from the article:
…..studies identified several long-term economic benefits of early education, finding that both former preschool participants and taxpayers can benefit from public investments in preschool education. For example, former preschool participants were less likely to cost taxpayers money in the long term for such public services as
Schooling—Participants were less likely to be retained in grade or placed in special education.
Welfare—As adults, participants were more likely to get better jobs and earn more money.
The criminal justice system—Participants were less likely to break laws or participate in other delinquent acts.
These positive effects have far-reaching benefits. Although preschool education research has largely focused on the benefits of early education for children in poverty, several child care studies indicate that high-quality, effective early education programs improve the learning and development of all children (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000). And problems that we tend to associate with students from low-income families—grade retention and high dropout rates, for example—are more common among middle-class students than we often assume. For example, more than 1 in 10 children in the middle three quintiles of the U.S. income distribution are retained in grade, and the same proportion drop out of high school (National Center for Education Statistics, 1997). High-quality preschool programs might reduce such problems for middle-class students by 25 to 50 percent, again saving taxpayers’ money in the long term.
Amazing! When reading this the Holy Spirit put in my heart that what I’m trying to do with my service, teaching not just babysitting, will truly have an effect on the children I care for. But not only that; hopefully my students will in fact graduate, have successful jobs, and live lives free of crime. These simple thoughts just bring so much joy to me. I feel that God has led me the right way. At first I was so scared to leave my job from public schools, but slowly things are becoming clearer to me. Than you Jesus!