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From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education

Timothy J. Bartik
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Bartik shows that investment in high-quality early childhood education has several long-term benefits, including higher adult earnings for program participants.

“The economic benefits of investing in high-quality early childhood education are clear and backed by an impressive amount of research, as laid out in Tim Bartik’s book. With businesses concerned about securing a future skilled workforce, with our military leaders concerned about the future supply of qualified recruits, and with our society concerned about the troubling increase in income inequality, we should be looking at proven investments in children and youth that strengthen our human capital and the future of our economy.”—Arthur J. Rolnick

“Bartik has a gift for clear, straightforward exposition. This new book makes a comprehensive and compelling case for a strong public commitment to early childhood education.”—Nancy Folbre

“There is no product the U.S. economy produces that is more important than ready-for-life 18-year-olds. Without them there is no future workforce or an economy! Business people are beginning to understand this. In his second extraordinary book on early childhood, Tim Bartik explains how early learning investment can strengthen the national economy and address economic inequality by increasing economic opportunity. Are there today any two economic topics more crucial than these? A must-read for business leaders worldwide.”—Robert Dugger

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