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Vermont Study Determines Economic Benefits of Investing in Early Childhood Programs

Aug 15, 2017

The Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR), a nonpartisan organization of Vermont CEOs, published a report examining the return on investment Vermont could realize by increasing public funding for high-quality early care and learning programs for children birth to five.

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Using Vermont-specific data, researchers found that every dollar invested early would yield a $3.08 return. The report, Vermont’s Early Care and Learning Dividend, follows up on recent research from Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Affordable Child Care which found that nearly 80% of Vermont’s infants and toddlers who are likely to need child care do not have access to high-quality regulated programs. The Commission recommended the state create an equitable, affordable, and high-quality early care and education system available to all children birth to five. The new paper analyzes the costs and benefits of implementing this recommendation, finding that the net benefit to society would be $1.3 billion. Read the full report or the one-page summary to learn more.

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