Research & Results
Research shows us that without high-quality early education, youth at-risk are: 25% more likely to drop out of school, 40% more likely to become a teen parent, 50% more likely to be placed in special education, 60% more likely to never attend college and 70% more likely to commit a violent crime.
Additionally, closing the nation’s racial achievement gap and the income achievement gap would annually generate between $710 billion and $1.2 trillion higher US GDP.
Independent study by nationally renowned researchers from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been tracking program quality and child and family outcomes at Educare Schools. Beginning with two Schools in 2005 and now covering 12 schools, the FPG study shows that low-income children (including children with limited proficiency in English) who enroll in Educare as infants or toddlers enter kindergarten with the same skills as their middle-income peers.
The study found that children who started Educare between birth and age two scored near national averages on measures of school readiness. Those gains persisted even when controlling for risk factors such as maternal education, race and parents’ ages.
Early findings indicate the gains Educare children make hold as they move through elementary school.