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Age 26 Cost-Benefit of the Child-Parent Center Early Education Program - Since the 1980s, researchers have tracked the academic and adult outcomes of low-income participants in the Chicago Child-Parent Centers (CPC) since they were three- or four- year-old. At age 26, these individuals were significantly more likely than a comparison group to complete high school or acquire a GED and have health insurance, and less likely to have any felony arrest, use drugs and rely on welfare – benefits that result in a return of about $11 for every dollar invested in the program. The researchers also examined the impact of providing a more intensive early elementary experience to the participants through second or third grade (e.g., reduced class size, more teacher aides, family outreach and other supports) and found that children who benefited from this extended intervention “had the highest levels of well-being in adulthood.” Every dollar invested in such an approach to early education generated a return of about $8. (Child Development, February 2011) ...

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